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Palo Alto Historic Buildings Inventory

621 High Street

617-621 Inventory photo 621
Inventory photo Photo taken 2012


The following is from the Historic Buildings Inventory as revised in 1986:

Physical appearance:  This and 617 High are 19th century residential survivals in a 20th century commercial neighborhood. Originally identical, they have been somewhat altered, but retain their essential visual qualities. 

Significance:  Buildings of a standard type, remarkable surviving in an area which from the beginning mixed commercial and residential structures and is wholly commercial at present. They were built for Theodore L. Zschokke, one of the earliest Palo Alto settlers. Soon after completion, they were sold to George and August L. Worrell, who came to the city in 1895 and from 1900 to 1925 lived in both houses for various lengths of time.

The Worrells, particularly Frank and Fred J.,—sons of George and Augusta—were well-established wood, coal, feed, and fuel merchants for many decades.

At 621, after the Worrells left in the mid-twenties, the house was rented to various tenants for a decade, then became the residence and shop of H. W. and Florence Reed, and their descendants. In 1985, Luke Reed was the owner and it served as the Redd Electric Co. The current owner, Zane MacGregor & Co. Real Estate, is responsible for the restoration.


cica 1986 Zane MacGregor Realty
Circa 1986 photo Present use as a real estate office for Zane MacGregor

This house was built in 1897 and is a Category 3 on the Historic Buildings Inventory. The builder was George W. Mosher. The property measures 23 by 102 feet.

Sources for this and 621 High Street: Palo Alto City Directories; Palo Alto Times 2/12/97, 12/31/97, 9/10/14, 4/9/19, 8/28/24, 12/6/26, 3/27/31, 5/11/34, 2/7/35, 8/21/39, 12/27/49, 5/15/82; Palo alto Assessor's Books 1896, 1897 (P.A. Library); U.S. Census, 1900, Santa Clara Co., Palo Alto, ED 80


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