The Friends of Juana Briones House won in court again on Friday in their fight to save the historic Palo Alto house that was built around 1845.
The owners of the property want to tear the house down to build a new home but the Friends of Juana Briones House won a "stay" in early June on a demolition permit that had been issued by the city.
An attempt to reverse that decision lost in Santa Clara County Superior Court on Friday. That means the issue of the future of the house will have a full court hearing, probably in October, said Susan Brandt-Hawley, attorney for the Friends group.
The group filed a lawsuit earlier this year arguing that the city needs to conduct an environmental-impact study before any demolition can occur.
The group contends that the California Environmental Quality Act requires such a study.
The Juana Briones house, at 4155 Old Adobe Road, is named for an early settler who was born in Santa Cruz, lived with her husband in San Francisco's Presidio, and later ran a successful hide business in what would become Palo Alto.