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Palo Alto Historic Buildings Inventory

1141 High Street

(originally 151 Embarcadero Road)

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Inventory photo Photo taken July 11, 2010


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

Physical appearance:   This simple one-story shingle Craftsman bungalow with horizontal clapboard dado presents a tidy interpretation of the style.

Significance:  This bungalow is typical of the excellent background buildings which together create such a strong visual ambiance for Palo Alto, and it is stylistically related to the major group of shingle Craftsman houses in adjacent Professorville. It was built for Professor A. C. Whitaker, a member of Stanford's economics department. His son Douglas also served on the Stanford faculty in the biology department, 1931–55, and was dean and provost of the university 1951–55. The Whitakers left the house in 1914.

From 1919–54, W. L. and Mary I. Parker owned the house, renting it at times to others. Mrs. Parker was secretary to the principal of Palo Alto Senior High School. Gwen K. Mercer, employed at Stanford Research Institute, owed it from 1955 to 1971. The Dexter Girtons owned it starting in 1975.


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entry close up
historic photo from Guy Miller archives outbuilding
Photo from PAHA Guy Miller Archives Outbuilding photo from Guy Miller Archives
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Most recent photos taken July 2010 and January 2012 Location map

This house was built in 1907 and is a Category 4 on the Historic Buildings Inventory. The architect and builder unknown. The property measures 106 by 65 feet.

Sources: Palo Alto City Directories; Palo Alto Times 1/3/08, 5/5/73; interview 1984, Jack Parker


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