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Palo Alto Historic Buildings Inventory

1424 Hamilton Avenue

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

Physical appearance:   Modestly sized, this stucco and half-timbered one-story house contains an interesting half-timber design at the entry and a tall window at the opposite end which balances the composition. Additional decorative interest in provided by the brackets at the entry, roof forms, and window pane divisions.

Significance:   The inventive juxtaposition of materials, forms, and scales gives a fantasy-land version of the Tudor Revival mode. The first owners were William H. and Gladys G. Curtis (1931 – 1955). Curtis was the Pacific Coast manager for the American Tobacco Co.

From 1955 – 1971, the owner was John C. Fay, a mechanical engineer with the Guy Atkinson Co. Mark and Sandra Silver owned the house in the '70s, followed by John and Ann Riddle.

2016: There is a large two-story addition behind the original house. (Year unknown.)


Location map

This house was built in 1930 and is a 4 Category on the Historic Buildings Inventory. The builder was Aro and Okerman. The property measures 60 by 120 feet.

Sources: Palo Alto City Directories; Palo Alto Times 6/18/30, Dec. 1943; interview 1985, Ann Riddle


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