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Palo Alto Historic Buildings Inventory

755 University Avenue

Dunker House

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Inventory photo Photo taken April 29, 2012


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

Physical appearance:   This substantial two-story house, mingling features of the Queen Anne and shingle style, offers a round corner bay and shingle style, offers a round corner bay and tower at the front and a half-octagon bay at the west side. An outside staircase added to the rear and other minor alterations do not reduce its image of solid dignity. It is one of a row of three buildings which still suggest their original atmosphere of middle-class prosperity early in the present [20th] century.

Significance:  Originally the first Palo Alto home of John A. and Mrs. (Jennie) Dunker (1868 - 1957), built probably in 1903, certainly by 1904. Mr. Dunker retired from a position in San Francisco as Clerk of the Court and thenceforth occupied himself with family and other financial investments and enterprises. The Dunker family occupied the house until 1926, when a new home at 420 Maple Street was ready for them.

Subsequent occupants usually remained for less than five years, and included w. H. Warren; the architect, Charles K. Sumner; Mrs. Iva Meek; C. Minor Moore; and Bernard and Edith Locket. From 1955 onward, it was used for apartments and rental rooms, or offices.

The owner in 1978 was Robert L. Caruthers and the home functioned as an apartment house.


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This house was built in 1903/04 and is a Category 2 on the Historic Buildings Inventory. The architect and not identified. The property measures 75 by 100 feet.

Sources: Palo Alto City Directories; Interview with Mrs. Chrysella Dunker Kiler, April 1981.


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