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Palo Alto Historic Buildings Inventory

334 Kingsley Avenue

Professorville Historic District

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Inventory photo Photo taken September 30, 2003


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

Physical appearance:   This formal symmetrical Georgian/Colonial Revival composition projects considerable presence and dignity.

Significance:  This is a fine example of the style and type.

In 1903 President David Starr Jordan invited a young physiology professor, James Rollin Slonaker, to leave the University of Chicago and join the Stanford faculty. Professor Slonaker immediately engaged George Mosher to erect the distinguished home. Slonaker did extensive research on high protein diets and the effects of food, environment and activities on the albino rat. He also contributed to the bird collection of the Junior Museum in Palo Alto.

Dennis and Deborah Fife acquired the property from the Slonaker estate in 1964.


window Robert Bramdeis photo
334 fence
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1903 map
1903 photo Location map

This house was built in 1903 and is a Category 2 on the Historic Buildings Inventory. The builder was George Mosher. The property measures 100 by 190 feet.

Sources: Polk's City Directories; Palo Alto Times 12/30/04; Professorville Brochure; Palo Alto AAUW, ...Gone Tomorrow?; Assessor's Books; Building Department files


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