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Palo Alto Historic Buildings Inventory

230 Homer Avenue

HRB photo 230 Homer
HRB study photo circa 1986 Photo taken May 5, 2012


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

Physical appearance:   This one-story, stucco faced, tile roofed commercial building is symmetrically designed with a centered, recessed doorway flanked by semi-circular, arched storefront windows above a brick base. this structure contributes to the atmosphere of Homer avenue in scale and symmetry. It is connected to 232 Homer through a connecting wall.

Significance:  Probably built as an expansion of the City of Paris cleaning establishment, (248 Homer, 1925), this building was occupied in 1930 by the S. R. Kellner clothes cleaning firm, and continued into the 1970s to house such businesses. After a period of vacancy, it was opened to connect with 232 Homer for antique sales. This building is representative of the scale and type of the era and contributes to the form of the intact block.

The owner in 1986 was Peninsula Plating Works located next door at 232 Homer. The business at this address was an antique shop.


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This commercial structure was built in 1928 and is a Category 4 on the Historic Buildings Inventory. The architect and builder are unknown. The property measures 25.4 by 100 feet.

Sources: Palo Alto City Directories; Palo Alto Times 4/8/25, 7/14/25, 12/16/25, 1/23/26, 8/16-17/28; Sandborn Fire Insurance Maps


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