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What is the Palo Alto Club on Melville?

Original post made by im curious, Downtown North, on Jul 26, 2012

I live not too far away, and I often bike or walk by this place, a huge beautiful house, at Melville and Webster. It's called the Palo Alto Club, has no web presence, so naturally I'm curious. Anyone know?

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Posted by Hmmm
a resident of East Palo Alto
on Jul 26, 2012 at 11:39 am

Web Link

From the above link: 567 Melville Avenue Palo Alto Club,
Darsie Residence, Ernest Coxhead, architect; L.S. Bean, builder

This link Web Link says that it's a private club & mentions soccer.

I've been curious about it for a long time. I have memories of being in a large house for some type of organized kids' event as a kid. In later years, when I'd cycle by it, I connected that house to those memories, but could be mistaken that the event happened there.

Maybe it's a private club where important types meet up w/local spooks or the gov't & corporate variety? At least, that's what I envision. There's a phone #, btw.

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Posted by Sara Jones
a resident of Crescent Park
on Apr 8, 2013 at 9:36 am

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Posted by Charles
a resident of another community
on Oct 22, 2013 at 4:43 pm

It's a private men's club. My dad joined a while back. I thought they had a website but it too might be private. The interior is very nice. It has that old Palo Alto feel to it.

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Posted by john bond
a resident of another community
on May 17, 2014 at 7:15 am

I have heard of this club before. Hopefully I can find it. My son wants to join it badly.
John Bond | Web Link

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Posted by Meg
a resident of Mountain View
on Jul 6, 2016 at 11:33 am

I know this is long since dead but my sister's close friend growing up, spent a lot of time here, as did my sister. My sister's friends grandma actually ran the place, as some sort of management. I don't recall if she ran the kitchen or some other aspect (this was 25 years ago, so forgive my memeory) but I have been in there a few times to drop off and pick up my sister.

There is a room with cubbies in a parlor and I specifically recall seeing "Hewlett" and "Packard" to name a few. There were small rooms with beds and writing desks, there was a bar with an ash tray made out of an elephants foot - I'll never forget that! I spent most of my time in the kitchen - it was fascinating. First and only time I've seen a dummy elevator (butler's elevator for food... I forget what they're called). It was a very industrial looking kitchen - really cool to a young kid! It was, without a doubt, one of the coolest places I've ever seen, in real life.

That's all I can remember. If you've seen the episode of BBC's Sherlock where Watson is invited to the men's club, by Mycroft, that's as close as it gets. A sort of social gathering place, as well as offering respite for socialites of our past. Pretty cool. Hope that helps!

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