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Palo Alto Historic Buildings Inventory

480 - 498 University Avenue

President Hotel

inventory photo President Hotel
Inventory photo Photo taken May 25, 2015


The following is from the Historic Buildings Inventory as revised in 1981 and 1985:

Physical appearance:   This six-story building could be regarded as either Spanish Colonial or California Colonial in style. Its utilitarian image is enriched by a gallery running along the upper floor. The entrance originally was marked by lavish use of wrought iron grille and tile, which has been removed.

Significance:  A good example of the local restrained variant of the Spanish (or California) Colonial image. When built, its size and location were especially notable, since the commercial area then ended, for all practical purposes, at the 400 block of University Avenue. Thus, the style introduced in the more western area of the district now was prominently "anchored" and displayed at the opposite border of the commercial area.


HRB photo stairs
date tile
detail shops
May 2, 2015 early photo
Canopy map


Note: The President Hotel is a residential, not transient, hotel.

This structure was built in 1929-30 and is a Category 2 on the Historic Buildings Inventory. The architect was Birge Clark and the builder, James McLaughlin Co. The property measures 130 by 72.50 feet.

Sources: Palo Alto Times 6/12/29, 8/20/29, 6/10/30.


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