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Palo Alto Historic Buildings Inventory

381 Lincoln Avenue

Professorville Historic District

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Inventory photo Photo taken June 14, 2015


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

Physical appearance:   The simple forms of this two-story shingle house are a fine background for the mature planting.

The barn on the property was converted to a residence.

Significance:  The structure is a good example of the restrained design mode of much of the combined Shingle and Colonial revival styles of the period and location (Professorville). The first owner was M. H, Kingore, an early city recorder and one of the organizers of First Methodist Church in Palo Alto.

In 1901 it was purchased by Mrs. S. S. Coe, whose descendants have remained to the present [1984] in the house. They included, besides Mrs. Coe, two generations of the E. L. Hyde family, and the 1984 occupant, Laurette Hyde Cecil. In all four generations there were members who attended Stanford.


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This house was built in 1894 and is a Category 4 on the Historic Buildings Inventory. The architect and builder are unknown. The property measures 50 by 150 feet.

Sources: Palo Alto City Directories; Palo Alto Times 11/3/93, 1/5/94, 1/19/94, 4/23/00; First Methodist Church, "Fiftieth Anniversary, 1894–1944," p. 6; interview 1983, Lauretta Cecil


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