Professorville Historic District
Palo Alto, CA 94301
+1 650 329 2100 (Tourist Information)
Stanford University was founded in 1891; however, professors were only allowed to lease land on Stanford property, not purchase it. As a result, in 1889 land was subdivided to allow professors to build their homes on private property that was purchased inexpensively; the subdivision of this land, subsequent to Stanford's founding, led to the creation of the city of Palo Alto. Many houses in Professorville are characterized by gambrel roofs and brown shingles; be sure to check out Professor Angell's home at 1005 Bryant Street, and the "Sunbonnet House" designed by Bernard Maybeck at 1061 Bryant Street. Three blocks of Kingsley Avenue are populated with majestic Dutch Colonial homes, such as physics professor Ferando Sanford's home at 450 Kingsley Avenue with a Queen Anne tower and Palladian window designed by Chicago architect Frank McMurray. The neighborhood houses diverse architectural styles, ranging from Colonial Revival to Craftsman. It's an excellent neighborhood for a scenic walk; you can also meander to the nearby downtown district to enjoy lunch, or check out the giant oak and play structures at adjacent Heritage Park.