Violet Ray Gasoline Station, 799 Alma Street, Palo Alto, Santa Clara County, CA
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799 Alma Street, Palo Alto, CA
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Documentation compiled after 1933.
Survey number HABS CA-2069
Unprocessed field note material exists for this structure (FN-126).
Building/structure dates: 1929 initial construction
Building/structure dates: 1945 subsequent work
Building/structure dates: 1973 subsequent work
Significance: This 1929 service station complex in Palo Alto is representative of the Spanish Colonial Revival commercial style, which has been popular in California and is rapidly disappearing. The Violet Ray service station consists of the gas station and two automotive service buildings with its white stucco buildings and red-tiled roofs of low pitch. Automotive repairs are still done in the service buildings. The gas station has been recycled as a commercial space.
Stores & Shops
Automobile Service Stations
Lindgreen & Swinkerton
Pringle, A. M.
General Petroleum Company
Historic American Buildings Survey (Library of Congress)
1. GENERAL VIEW LOOKING NORTH
2. SOUTHEAST FRONT
3. SOUTH CORNER
4. SOUTHWEST FRONT
5. GABLE DETAIL
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