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Palo Alto Historic Buildings Inventory

1048 Ramona Street

  1048 Ramona
No Inventory photo available Photo taken September 30, 2003


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

Physical appearance:   This simple vernacular Colonial Revival building is roofed by two intersecting gables. A wide front porch is supported by two intersecting gables. A wide front porch is supported by Doric columns; crisply detailed, boxed eaves and eave returns contribute to the Colonial Revival image.

Significance:  This simple Colonial Revival house establishes its presence by the clarity of its form and the elegance of its detailing. Early occupants included Mr. and Mrs. F. S. Gifford, Mrs. E. Keen, and Mr. and Mrs. B. Carter. Professor Percy A. Martin, historian of Latin America, occupied it briefly (1913), as did Mr. and Mrs. Robert E. Hackley. Hackley was a civil engineer, owner of a pest control business, and long–time observer and critic of Palo Alto's City Council.

It was owned for several years in the 1920s by the Howell W. Lownsbury family, and, from 1937 to 1949, but a local tailor, Edwin H. Johnson, who operated his shop from 1910 until shortly before his death in 1952.

From 1953–1966, Kirk and Ruth Clagstone occupied the house followed by short–term tenants until 1978 when it was acquired by Linda L. Ludden.

porch detail
bay window map
Location map

This house was built in 1904 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 10/17/52, 1/21/58, 2/19/59.


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