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Palo Alto Historic Buildings Inventory

628 - 630 Ramona Street

inventory photo 630 Ramona
Inventory photo Photo taken May 2, 2012


The following is from the Historic Buildings Inventory as revised in 1981 and 1988:

Physical appearance:   This two-story Spanish Colonial Revival building*, features a first floor recessed arcade with beamed ceiling that is formed by three semi-circular arched bays in the façade. At the second level, three sets of french doors are centered over the bays, each opening onto cantilevered balconies with wrought iron railings. The distinctive interior features a two-story space formed by an encircling balcony (see also 628 Ramona, the companion building which has been re-numbered as part of 630 as evidenced in the above photo.)

Significance:  The structure is an important contribution the the Spanish Colonial Revival ambiance of downtown Palo Alto. The building was built for Adolf Richter, who occupied the major portion. A rental space was provided on the west side with a different architectural appearance. Richter, a native of Germany, came to Palo Alto in 1913 and established a long-lasting furniture upholstering business.

An outstanding building in its own right, 630 Ramona is especially unique in its relationship to the companion building, 628 Ramona [now identified as part of 630].

* The architect refers to this style as California Colonial.

630 Ramona 628 detail
photo taken about 2003 HRB photo
630 map
Original portion of 630 Ramona Street. Location map

This building 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, 5/9/47; Birge Clark Commercial Inventory



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