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Palo Alto Historic Buildings Inventory

2160 High Street

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Inventory photo Photo taken February 19, 2016


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

Physical appearance:   This straightforward small Spanish Colonial Revival house emphasizes simplicity of form except for the exuberant bird house turret topped by a fine weather vane.

The house now has a second-story, but the original structure is very recognizable.

Significance:  A fine example of the modest uses of the popular Spanish Colonial Revival style, particularized by the fantasy of the bird-house turret at the corner. Margaret Ludlow, the original owner, first rented the house to R. Clinton Coppock, then sold it to Allen D. Fisher (1933–1945).

He was succeeded in 1946 by John H. Johnson, and, from 1950 to at least 1985, it was owned by Virginia J. Valentine, widow of P. C. Valentine. She was a teacher at Castilleja School.



front turret corner
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Turret and original weather vane Location map

This house was built in 1928 and was a Category 4 on the Historic Buildings Inventory. The owner/builder was Margaret Ludlow. The property measures 50 by 112.5 feet.

Sources: Palo Alto City Directories; Palo Alto Times 6/27/28, 2/2/50; Palo Alto building Department file; interview, 1985, R. Clifton Coppock


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