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Fall 2023 Palo Alto Walking Tours


All tours start at 10 a.m. on Saturday mornings except the Sunday, October 1 Professorville tour. Tours are generally 90 minutes to 2 hours long.

All tours are free, open to the pubic, no reservations are required, — just show up, but don't forget to bring water, sun or light rain protection. Walkers are also responsible for their own safety.

Tour Description   Meeting Place
September 23 Mayfield Mayfield's earliest houses and businesses, including Birge Clark designed storefronts.
*See photo.
Sarah Wallis Park, 202 Ash Street at Grant Avenue Sarah Wallis Park
October 1
Professorville National Register Historic District where many of the first Stanford professors lived. 1005 Bryant Street at corner of Adison Avenue. 1005 Bryant
October 7 Homer Avenue Churches, businesses and the future Palo Alto History Museum. The Woman's Club, 475 Homer Avenue. 475 Homer
October 14 Boyce / Ashby Turn of the century homes in one of the first additions to Palo alto, including the historic 1896 Herzinger House. Meet at 1001 Forest Avenue at the corner of Boyce Avenue 1001 Forest
October 21 College Terrace Homes built adjacent to the early town of Mayfield, including the house where Birge Clark was raised. Meet at 2310 Yale Street, one block off El Camino Real. 2310 Yale

Photos from past tours

Mayfield Tour, September 23, 2023:

Sept. 23, 2023

13 of the 15 people on this tour.

Downtown Tour, November 5, 2022:

Downtown tour Nov., 2022
14 people were on this tour.

Professorville Tour, October 23, 2022:
Professorville tour

Mallory, John and Bo
Birge Clark's granddaughter Mallory with husband John, and Bo Crane

Birge Clark Webster Tour, October 15, 2022:
Birge Clark Webster tour

Birge Clark Edgewood Tour, October 1, 2022:
Birge Clark Edgewood tour
Participants included Birge's son Dean!

Crescent Park, May 21, 2022:
Start of tour at Squire House
Squire House

Forest Court
Forest Court

Mayfield Tour, May 7, 2022:
Mayfield photos

Taken on the November 6, 2021 Barron Park tour:
Barron Park tour

Homer Avenue, November 3, 2018:
Homer AVenue

Professorville, October 20, 2018:
2018 Professorville

Crescent Park, September 28, 2013:
Crescent Park

Downtown/Homer May 5, 2012:
248 Homer

If you missed the latest tours or want a glimpse of past tours, check out the self-guided brochures describe below.

Self–Guided Tours

St. thomas Aquinas Homer Avenue Heritage Walk

Old laundries, the church from Harold and Maude, charming Victorian cottages—it's all on Homer Avenue!

College Terrace College Terrace

"Neat Cottages" and "Handsome Residences" define the flavor of College Terrace!

downtown brochure cover Downtown Walking Tour

Beautiful tiles abound! The brochure is currently being revised, so join the next tour!

Squire House Crescent Park  

There is no brochure for this tour yet—so join us on the next docent-led tour!

cover Professorville Sampler

This walk gives you a feel for this wonderful neighborhood that is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and was Palo Alto's first historical district! Read about early Professorville residents in "Who Was Who in Professorville" by columnist Ward Winslow, reprinted from the Sunday, October 13, 1985 Palo Alto Times Tribune.

door Holiday House Tours

Links to photos from past Holiday House Tours are on the Holiday House Tour page. (There are no plans to resume these tours.)


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