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Portola Valley School, 775 Portola Road, Portola Valley, San Mateo County, CA



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HB106033
Southeast Side And Northeast Front

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HB106035
Southeast Side, Detail Of Dormer

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Item Title


Location
775 Portola Road, Portola%252BValley, CA

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Created/Published
Documentation compiled after 1933.

Notes
Survey number HABS CA-1992
Unprocessed field note material exists for this structure (FN-187).
Building/structure dates: 1909 initial construction
Significance: The Portola Valley schoolhouse is one of the few remaining turn-of-the-century examples of Mission Revival-styled schools. Its wood construction and use of shingles present a unique expression of this popular style. / The Portola Valley School is one of the few remaining turn-of-the-century examples of Mission Revival Style schools. The architect freely interpreted the popular style with the use of false front curvilinear gables faced with redwood ship-lap and semi-circular fanlights above the front windows and recessed doorway. The exterior is sheathed in cedar shingles and redwood siding lumbered locally. This manipulation of regional materials in a conspicuous effort to execute the style on a small scale resulted in a uniquely attractive design. Built as a one room school house, it remains almost entirely unaltered, and continues to service the neighboring larger school. Its survival is threatened, however, due to its location in the San Andreas rift zone.

Subjects
Offices
Schools


Related Names
Olive, LeBaron R.
Olsen, Olaf
LaCroix, Jerome H.


Collection
Historic American Buildings Survey (Library of Congress)

Contents
Photograph caption(s): 
1. NORTHEAST FRONT
2. SOUTHEAST SIDE AND NORTHEAST FRONT
3. NORTHEAST FRONT, DETAIL OF CENTER GABLE
4. SOUTHEAST SIDE, DETAIL OF DORMER


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