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Palo Alto City


Palo Alto City Hall is located at 250 Hamilton Avenue, Palo Alto, CA 94301; phone: 650-329-2100.

John G. Kennedy House, 423 Chaucer Street, Palo Alto, CA

Photo: John G. Kennedy House, ca. 1922, 423 Chaucer Street, Palo Alto. Home designed by architect Julia Morgan. Historic American Buildings Survey [HABS CA-2076], Jane Lidz, photographer, 1980, memory.loc.gov, accessed January, 2011.

The J. G. Kennedy House (photo) is an excellent and representative work of Julia Morgan, a prominent California architect during the early 20th century. She was patronized by the Hearst family and designed many YMCA's, clubs, and residences, including William Randolph Hearst's "San Simeon." [Historic American Buildings Survey, HABS CA-2076]

Beginnings [1]

By unanimous vote of the Board of Supervisors of Santa Clara County, at a regular meeting held on the 16th day of April, 1894, Palo Alto was duly declared to be a Municipality of the Sixth Class under the provisions of the General Municipality Act. The boundaries fixed by the Board of Supervisors were the same as those designated as the boundaries of the Town of Palo Alto, formerly University Park, upon a map of said town filed by Timothy Hopkins in the office of the Recorder of the County of Santa Clara on the 27th Day of February, 1889, and recorded in Liber D of Maps at page 69. (Records of the Board of Supervisors of Santa Clara County).

  1. The Ordinances of the City of Palo Alto, a Municipal Corporation of the State of California under a Freeholders Charter, Stanford University Press, 1911.
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