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Palo Alto Historic Buildings Inventory

201 Homer Avenue

inventory photo 201 Homer
Inventory photo Photo taken July 8, 2013


The following is from the Historic Buildings Inventory as revised in 1981:

Physical appearance:   The houses from 201 to 231 Homer Avenue and at 748 Ramona Street constitute a group of original dwellings that conveys an authentic sense of early twentieth century time and place (the gap in the row marks the site of an equally early cottage). At an early date, the house at 201 Homer was expanded to the east by the addition of steeping porches, since enclosed. Embracing the front and side of the house is a generous porch supported by columns with plaster Corinthian-like capitals. Recently [1978] the house was restored by descendants of the original owner. Although not architecturally as notable as the structures at 209 and 225 Homer, it is the most substantial, well-kept, and attractive of the group.

Significance:  Partially built at the time of the San Francisco earthquake, Mrs. Bridget Cashel's house at 201 Homer survived undamaged. The family moved into the completed dwelling in November, 1906. Mrs. Cashel's sons, John J. and Edward P., were the Cashel Brothers plumbers, whose shop still survives across the street at 200 Homer Avenue. Mrs. Patricia Cashel Schmidt is a grandchild of Mrs. Bridget Cashel, who died at age 90 on August 15, 1945. Patricia Schmidt also lived a long life.


roof detail porch
entry front
corner homer view
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September 22, 2012 Homer Avenue tour Location map

This house was built in 1906 and is a Category 3 on the Historic Buildings Inventory. It was probably built as an investment for J. J. Morris, Realtor, and the builder possibly was Quinn and Upham. The property measures 100 by 100 feet.

Sources: Palo Alto City Directories; Exploring Palo Alto's Past; Palo Alto Historical Association files; interview June 1981, Patricia Cashel Schmidt


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