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Palo Alto Historic Buildings Inventory

505 Homer Avenue

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Inventory photo Photo taken May 5, 2012


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

Physical appearance:   This small one-and-one-half story house has playful and elaborate classical detailing and-emphatically articulated windows. the ornamentation is particularly fine. Originally, it was planned as a family residence on the ground floor and two rental apartments above. It was described in 1905 as a "handsome" building in the Colonial style.

Significance:  The house is beautifully and profusely detailed with Classical motifs. It is a superb example of the casual adaptation of a formal style. Harvey W. Fowler purchased the lot from Elbert E. Peck (see article on 860 University Avenue) and lived in the house briefly after it was completed.

From 1914 to 1930, it was occupied by George V. and Harriet E. Hayes, and from 1930 to 1941 by Miss Alice M. Brown.

During the 1950s and early 1960s, David and Elsie Jamieson were the occupants. Jamieson was an accountant for American Factors Ltd. of Honolulu who retired to Palo Alto after nearly fifty years with the firm.

In 1983, Morris and Alan Kalin were the owners of this home that functioned as a duplex.


Photo shows plaque that is not present in the photos taken in 2005.
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Location map

This house was built in 1906 and is a Category 3 on the Historic Buildings Inventory. The architect was C. E. Branson and the builder was L. S. Bean. The property measures 50 by 100 feet.

Sources: Palo Alto City Directories; Palo Alto Times 2/17/06, 3/7/06, 4/17/06, 8/25/06, 9/17/06, 7/13/42, 12/10/56; Book 306 (Deeds), p. 8, 3/7/06 (Santa Clara Co. Recorder)


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