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Palo Alto Historic Buildings Inventory

1432 Webster Street

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Inventory photo Photo taken January 25, 2016


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

Physical appearance:   This shingled Craftsman bungalow with shallow gables and cluster windows is graced by a superb wisteria. the cut-work railing detail is a typical Craftsman touch.

Significance:  This is a fine example of the style, enhanced by its mature planting. The house was built for Dr. Jerome and Mrs. Mary Denison W. Thomas, who lived in it until 1964. She is said to have sketched the plans to be followed by the contractor. Dr. Thomas was an optometrist who served as a medical officer in the U.S. Army in the Philippines. Mrs. Thomas was elected to the City Council in 1913, the first woman to hold the office. She was influential in the purchase of the City's marshland property on the Bay.

The Charles G. and Linda Diamond purchased the house in 1978.


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Photos taken April 21, 2014 Location map

This house was built in 1914 and is a Category 3 on the Historic Buildings Inventory. The architect was Mary D. Thomas and the builder was George W. Mosher. The property measures 100 by 112 feet.

Sources: Palo Alto City Directories; Palo Alto Times 10/29/1914, 1/5/1915, 4/30/1947, 7/8/1972, 11/9/1974, 11/19/1974, 11/22/1979, 7/4/1983; interviews 1984, Mrs. C. D. Diamond, Mrs. E. B. Gray; Dallas E. Wood, History of Palo Alto (P.A. 1939), p. 213-214.


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