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Built in 1905, the John Adams Squire House is one of the earliest homes constructed in Palo Alto and is the best example of Greek Revival architecture in the city. It features the typical elements of this style including a portico and Ionic columnns. The house is named after its owner, John A. Squire, who was a Greek scholar and a meteorologist (interestingly, he had a meteorology lab in the home). It is a private home today but can be viewed from the street.


  • The John Adams Squire House was built in 1905 and is the finest Greek Revival home in the city.

After graduating from Harvard, Squire completed his postgraduate education at Stanford. His family owned the Squire Meatpacking Company of Massachusetts, one of the first shipping companies to ship meat over long distances by packing their products in ice. Squire lived in this home and taught Classics at Stanford. 

Hunt, Fern B. "John Adams Squire House." March 6, 1972. National Park Service - National Register of Historic Places Nomination Form. https://npgallery.nps.gov/GetAsset/cc60ad6f-5494-4fe5-a6b9-ef303d4fe2f2.
"John Adams Squire House." The Historical Marker Database. Accessed June 9, 2017.
Photo: Eugene Zelenko, via Wikimedia Commons