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Palo Alto Historic Buildings Inventory

466 Ruthven Avenue

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Inventory photo Photo taken March 28, 2015


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

Physical appearance:  This small house is saved from mediocrity by over-scaled Palladian windows and the fish–scale shingles in the gable, the generously–sized bay, and the Tuscan porch columns.

Significance:  The house is a good example of the effects of strongly–emphasized architectural detail on an otherwise plain and small structure. Short–term occupants, beginning with J. D. Patterson, are listed in the house throughout most of its history—an electrician, a telephone repairman, a carpenter, a gardener, a sales clerk, among others.

The longest occupancy was that from 1956 to 1976 by William H. Martin. L. D. McDonald, to whom the builder first sold the house, seems not himself to have occupied it. He was said to be a prominent San Francisco lumberman.


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466 Ruthven
2011 photo

This house was built in 1907 and is a Category 4 on the Historic Buildings Inventory. The builder and owner was Mark Lucas. The property measures by feet.

Sources: P. A. City Directories; Palo Alto Times 4/4/xx , 8/12/07, 1/3/08, 10/24/45; Interview with Katrina Schleich, 1885


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