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Palo Alto Historic Buildings Inventory

780 Hamilton Avenue

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Inventory photo Photo taken 2012


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

Physical appearance:   This two-story Spanish Colonial Revival house has an L-shaped plan which provides a protected garden area. The street frontage landscaping is extensive and and adds considerable to the tropical imagery of the structure. the large half-circle window is not historically correct, but provides needed interest in an otherwise fairly conventional version of the style.

Significance:  This is a carefully worked-out Spanish Colonial Revival design, typical of a locally popular plan type. It was built for J. E. Zimmerman, though occupied for two years after completion by William e. and Helen T. Haley; Haley was an executive for the Dairy Delivery Company. The Zimmermans lived in it from 1933 – 1940.

During the years of World War II, it was owned by William w. Tamplin, a mining engineer (son of J. W. Tamplin see 705 Forest Avenue).

Dominic A. and Frances I. Zanette acquired the property in 1953.


780 side view
chimney cap corner
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Location map

This house was built in 1931 and is a Category 3 on the Historic Buildings Inventory. The architect and builder was William Klay. The property measures 100 by 100 feet.

Sources: Palo Alto City Directories; Palo Alto Times 5/5/31, 4/10/34, 1/12/35, 6/6/45; interviews, 1985, Frances Zanette, William Klay


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