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Palo Alto Historic Buildings Inventory

667 Lytton Avenue

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

Physical appearance: This two–story brick and shingle Colonial Revival house presents a collection of unusual details and forms. The abstractly handled street facade with a large gable divided into smaller pediments and the ends of the dormers running along the sides give it the appearance of being ready to fly.

Significance: This "sculptured" form creates an unusual visual impact. J. A. Prewitt, one of the city's first brick masons, built it for Dr. Robert Donaldson, a veterinarian, according to one of his daughters, Josie Donaldson Green (who was born in the house). It was then purchased by Dr. Olin, who bequeathed it to a daughter, Mrs. Almon W. Copley.

Until the mid–1930s, it was rental property, occupied by short–term tenants as a rule. From 1936–1967, it was the home of Daniel K. Hickey. Hickey's father, Daniel W., was a pioneer Palo Alto resident. He came in 1896, drove a horse–drawn bus, and was the town's second policeman, elected constable in 1918 (see 228 Byron Street). Daniel K. Hickey also served as constable, 1935–52, and was a sergeant in the Santa Clara County sheriff's department, 1952–65.

The owners of this apartment house in 1985 were David J. and May Morgan. Previous tenants included the United Farm Workers and the Institute for Study of Non-Violence (1971-78).

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Location map

This house was built in 1903 and is a Category 4 on the Historic Buildings Inventory. The builder was J. A. Prewitt. The 1939 alterations were made by E. J. Schmaling for $1900. The property measures 52 by 150 feet.

Sources: Palo Alto City Directories; Palo Alto Times 1/1/04, 7/16/26, 4/22/35, 11/23,39, 4/27/81' recollections of Josie Donaldson Green in the Palo Alto Historical Association Real Estate (by Street) file.


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