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Palo Alto Historic Buildings Inventory

2051, 2057, 2063, 2069, 2075, 2081 Harvard Street

(earlier, 451– 481 Harvard)

College Terrace

Inventory photo Photo taken October 22, 2014


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

Physical appearance:   These tiny speculation units, arranged in a crescent, are a miniatured baroque planning scheme. gable roofs, details and proportions suggest English cottage references.

Significance:  This is a rare planning gesture, particularly with respect to its small scale, utilizing tiny buildings. The original owner and investor was Clovis a. Davidson who aimed to provide rental units for Stanford students and young faculty. Davidson (1890 – 1974) was the instrumental music instructor and supervisor in the City's elementary schools from 1921 to 1954. He had begun his career with 12 years of similar professional work in Salem, Oregon. From 1948 to 1974, he himself resided in the cottage at 2075 Harvard.


2051 2057
2051 2057
2063 2069
2063 2069
2075 2081
2075 2081
2069-2075 map
2069 and 2075 Harvard with driveway Location map

There cottages were built in 1930 and are a Category 4 on the Historic Buildings Inventory. The the builder was C. E. Finnell. The property measures 63 by 125 feet.

Sources: Palo Alto City Directories; Palo Alto Times, 8/23/30, 6/15/54, 4/29/74; interview with Mrs. Genevieve Davidson Salo, April 1981.


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