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Palo Alto Historic Buildings Inventory

2105 and 2115 Oberlin Street

2114, and 2124 Oberlin Street demolished March 2015

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Inventory photo 2105 and 2115 Oberlin Photo taken March 31, 2014


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

Physical appearance:   These two pairs of shingled cottages with boulder-work chimneys have unusual gable configurations. The units are placed on the sites in checkerboard fashion to create a private years for each and enhance the feeling of expansiveness of the site. An addition at the front of 2115 intrudes into its neighbor's area and almost hides the original façade.

Significance:  Attractive examples of Craftsman mode with unusual site planning. The cottages resemble those built in the city much earlier in the century, and suggest the appeal of Craftsman rusticity where it already had been well established, not only Professorville, but throughout the community's older districts. As rental units, the cottages housed numerous occupants, usually for relatively short periods of time.

The cottages at 2114 and 2124 were demolished in March, 2014.


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2114 Oberlin Photo taken pre-demolition of 2124 and 2114 Oberlin January 31, 2014
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2114 Oberlin:  Robert Brandeis photo 2124 Oberlin:  Robert Brandeis photo
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2114 Oberlin:  Robert Brandeis photo 2115 Oberlin
Location map  

Thess cottages were built in 1928 and are a Category 3 on the Historic Buildings Inventory. The architect/builder was H. Van Polen. The properties measure 54.5 and 30 by 125 feet.

Sources: Palo Alto City Directories; Palo Alto Times 7/31/28, 12/8/28, 8/7/29


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