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Palo Alto Historic Buildings Inventory

1266 Hamilton Avenue

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Inventory photo Photo taken March 25, 2015


The following is from the Historic Buildings Inventory as revised in 1985:

Physical appearance:   The massing of building forms and roof shapes, combined with sharply contrasting unusual half timbering of the second story, lend importance to this two-story wood, brick, and stucco house.

Significance:  This is probably the most elaborate and original designs among a number of Tudor Revival houses produced by William Klay in Palo Alto, and exemplifies one of the popular choices for fine houses added to the city in the late 1920s and 1930s. For two years (1948 – 1949) it was the home of Don Edwards, later Congressman from the San Jose area. Will Mendell owned it from 1950 – 1966, and it then was acquired by John and Ann Griffiths.


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This house was built in 1934 and is a Category 4 on the Historic Buildings Inventory. The architect and builder was William Klay. The property measures 105 by 110 feet.

Sources: Palo Alto City Directories; Palo Alto Times 12/1/33; interviews 1985, William Klay, Scott R. Lawson, Nancy Merryman, Ann Griffiths


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