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Palo Alto Historic Buildings Inventory

248 Homer Avenue

City of Paris Dyeing and Cleaning Works

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Inventory photo Photo taken May 8, 2003


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

Physical appearance:   This is a carefully-detailed commercial structure decorated with classical ornamental motifs and topped by a Mission Revival parapet with projecting ledge.

Significance:  A good example of commercial designs of the period. the City of Paris cleaning and dyeing works was opened in 1922 at 625 Ramona Street by L. Carie, formerly of San Francisco. By 1925, the business had been joined by Jean Picard and Paul Costes, and the present building was constructed. The firm was owned by Paul Costes until 1985.

PAST was active in 2005 to preserve the French Laundry as a significant contributor to Homer Avenue.



Original City of Paris hanger
1986 photo

HRB photo ca. 1985
windows sign

Tour of Homer Avenue, May 5, 2012

This commercial building was built between 1925-28 and is a Category 3 on the Historic Buildings Inventory. The architect/builder was Roy Heald. The property measures 50 by 100 feet.

Sources: Palo Alto Times 1/7/22, 4/9/25, 7/13/25,  12/6/26/, 8/16-17/28, 2/2/85


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