Carol Carnevale • DRE# 00946687 • 650.465.5958
Nicole Aron • DRE# 00952657 • 650.740.7954
We are pleased to introduce our newest listing 951 Bryant Street, Palo Alto, located in historic Professorville neighborhood. The home is linked to well-known Palo Alto residents and enjoys a rich tradition of hospitality.
Designed by Professor A. B. Clark, the father of Birge Clark, Palo Alto’s famed architect who designed many of the city’s most beautiful buildings and homes, the home is a quintessential brown shingle Craftsman style home reflecting the clean architectural lines favored by Clark.
The main level of the home includes a grand wood-paneled living room with fireplace and an inviting reading alcove surrounded by windows and a bookshelf-window seat. The separate family room is flanked by bookshelves. One of Clark’s signature elements is the bench at the base of the stairway where guests would wait to be welcomed by the owners into the public rooms of the home.
The second level features 3 large sunny bedrooms, all with tree-top views and the master bedroom has views of Stanford University’s iconic Hoover Tower. Additionally there is a separate one-bedroom apartment with a separate entrance accessed via a sunny private deck.
The house was commissioned by Professor Guido Marx and his wife Gertrude as a rental property. One of the home’s earliest occupants was Lydia Mitchell and her son J. Pearce Mitchell. Lydia Mitchell was the first Director of the Palo Alto Chapter of the American Red Cross. The local Red Cross is located at 400 Mitchell Lane, named in her honor. J. Pearce Mitchell was served as a Professor and Registrar at Stanford. He was very involved in Palo Alto’s civic affairs serving as a City Councilman and two terms as mayor. Mitchell Park and the new Mitchell Library are named in his honor.
Following the Mitchells, the home welcomed Dr. Thomas N. Williams and his family. Dr. Williams graduated from Stanford and obtained his medical degree from Columbia University. He built the first medical office in Palo Alto and later sold it to a group of doctors who went on to found the Palo Alto Medical Foundation.
Another well-known occupant in the early 1930’s was Willis Sanor a partner in Miller and Sanor Groceries located at 150 Hamilton Avenue.
In more recent times Ken Kesey, author of One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest and Timothy Leary reportedly met at 951 Bryant and the current owners have a photograph of them sitting in the living room. The home was also the place where former owners Paul and Monica Engel, both talented musicians, entertained their guests by playing on two grand pianos in the living room.
The current owners have continued the tradition of hospitality and commitment to the community. Both are graduates of Leadership Palo Alto and founders of Repair Café, a volunteer-based community organization devoted to repairing and reusing broken items rather than discarding them. During their ownership they have restored and modernized the home in a manner consistent with Clark’s original concept. The dramatic remodeled kitchen-dining room flawlessly integrates the original architecture and craftsmanship with modern features and convenience.
A peaceful garden, designed and maintained by Dana Carroll, is a magical tapestry of mature and colorful vegetation and flowers wrapping around the home and outdoor seating areas.
944 Bryant is the perfect home and setting for relaxed California entertaining of family and friends!
We hope you will stop by to enjoy this special home and to see us at one of the public open houses.
Sources: Palo Alto Stanford Heritage, Palo Alto Historical Association, Stanford Historical Society