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Palo Alto Historic Buildings Inventory

300 Homer Avenue

Palo Alto Medical Clinic

300 Homer. Palo Alto Medical Clinic roth Building 300 Homer
Inventory photo taken June 12, 1978. Photo taken August 2, 2010


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

Physical appearance:   This one- and two-story California Colonial structure utilizes a U–shaped courtyard scheme with a second floor gallery across the central wing. Period frescos dealing with medical subjects are quite competent and interesting but are beginning to deteriorate. Additions have been made to the structure at the rear of the building.

Materials employed are stucco, tile and wood. Turned posts of two different patterns form the balustrade of the overhanging balcony/gallery of the entry patio. Medallion portraits of medical figures flank the entry arch and introduce the theme of the murals.

Significance:  The Palo Alto Medical Clinic established its permanent home in 1932 and has been a major part of Palo Alto's health care system. Its first unit built in 1932 represents a typical California Colonial building adapted slightly for non–residential use. The murals executed in fresco by Victor Arnautoff are typical of the Depression era public art work. The architect (Birge Clark) is a major Palo Alto designer.


entry Pasteur
Lister Roentgen
Hippocrates oak tree
mural surgery
mother and baby x-ray
Bryant side tower
vent drain
clinic detail
back wall March 2004 map
Back wall March 27, 2004 Location map

This structure was built in 1932 and is a Category 2 on the Historic Buildings Inventory. The architect was Birge Clark and the builder was Wells P. Goodenough. The property at the date of the Inventory measured 450 by 400 feet and was in excellent condition. The Palo Alto History Museum is planning renovations to the interior so the Roth Building can be re-purposed.

Sources: Palo Alto Times 10/20/37; Commercial files of Birge Clark, assessor's books


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