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Palo Alto Historic Buildings Inventory

1026 Webster Street

Centennial Home


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Inventory photo Photo taken June 6, 2009


The following is from the Historic Buildings Inventory as revised in 1984:

Physical appearance:   This vernacular house is identical to 1022 Webster except for the porch rail detailing.

Significance:  See entry for 1022 Webster. D. C. Burns was an early, if not the earliest, occupant (to 1904). Mrs. Ann C. Burns was a nurse. A daughter, Gertrude Burns, was employed by a women's dry good shop until 1920.

From 1904-1958, it was the home of Mr. and Mrs. Emil Huttman. Huttman was a gardener on the Bassett estate in Menlo Park after establishing a drayage business connected to the Wells Fargo office in Mayfield in 1890. The family moved to Palo Alto in 1894. Mrs. Lucy Huttman, a native of England, celebrated her 100th birthday a few months before her death in 1955.

The owner in 1978 was Allen S. Hayes.


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The following is from the Centennial Buildings Tour,prepared by The City of Palo Alto Historic Resources Board for the Centennial Building Celebration, April 16, 1994. The houses included on the tour were all identified as at least 100 years old:

Identical to 1022 Webster, this home was possibly first occupied by D.C. Burns. From 1904–1958, it was the home of Mr. & Mrs. Emil Huttman. Huttman was a gardener on Menlo Park's Bassett estate.

This house was built in 1893 and is a Category 4 on the Historic Buildings Inventory. The builder was Henry W. Hook (and son, early Palo Alto carpenters). The property measures 40 by 100 feet.

Sources: Palo Alto City Directories; Palo Alto Times 9/1/93, 1/5/94, 3/12/53, 3/12/54, 3/12/55, 12/2/55; AAUW, . . . Gone Tomorrow?, p. 16.


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