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Palo Alto Historic Buildings Inventory

851 Lytton Avenue

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Inventory photo Photo taken June 12, 2012


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

Physical appearance:   The formal collision of intersecting gambrels with curved cone-topped porch creates a fine example of the deliberately awkward devices typical of certain phases of the Queen Anne/Colonial revival styles.

Significance:  A finely sculptured example of Colonial Revival mode.

Built for Leon K. Doty, an early resident employed as manager of Thoits Shoe Store for many years prior to moving to Oregon in 1950. Doty left the house in 1924.

The family of longest tenure until 1978 (1928–1938) was that of Mrs. Harriet Muzzey. From the 1930s through the 1950s it was usually occupied as a duplex. The owners in 1978 were Ted and Rebecca Baer.


851 entry
driveway street view
porch window
porch map
Centennial plaques visible on front of porch Location map

This house was built in 1906 and is a Category 3 on the Historic Buildings Inventory. The architect and builder are unknown. The property measures 60 by 85 feet.

Sources: Palo Alto City Directories; Palo Alto Times 1/25/55


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