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Palo Alto Historic Buildings Inventory

628 Ramona Street — now included with 630 Ramona Street

Ramona Street Architectural District

628 Ramona Street 628 Ramona
Inventory photo:  1979 Photo taken May 2, 2012


The following is from the Historic Buildings Inventory as revised in 1981 by Birge Clark:

Physical appearance:   This structure is more important as an adjunct of the larger 630; 628 and 630 are one building deliberately designed to appear as two.

Note: In the above photograph, what shows as 630, was the original 628.

The façade of this Spanish Colonial Revival, stucco faced building has a simple ground floor storefront shaded by an overhang of exposed beam ends, paired arched windows on the second floor, and a red tile cap at the roof line. This commercial structure is a companion building to the larger adjacent building, 630 Ramona, which was built at the same time. The front of 628 is purposely set back from 630, creating the sense of two buildings along the street and emphasizing the prominence of 630 and establishing the proportions of each building.

Significance:  Although an interesting building in its own right, 628 Ramona is especially unique and important as an adjunct to its companion building, 630 Ramona since it was deliberately designed to create and emphasize the proportions of each structure and lend coordinated variation and interest along the street. The building is a fine, classic example of a small commercial storefront building of its period. It is an important and integral part of the collection of historic buildings within the block.

This building performs an important streetscape contribution. See 630 Ramona.


detail detail
628-630 Ramona map
"628" to the right of original 630 Location map

This structure was built in 1927 and is a Category 2 on the Historic Buildings Inventory. The architect was Birge Clark and the builder was the Minton Company. The property measures 50 by 102.50 feet.

Sources: Palo Alto City Directories; Palo Alto Times 8/3/27, 10/12/27, 2/25/28; Birge Clark


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