AKA: Palo Alto Community Center, Palo Alto, CA; MacArthur Park Restaurant, Palo Alto, CA

Structure Type: built works - dwellings - houses

Designers: Morgan, Julia H., Architect (firm); Julia H. Morgan (architect)

Dates: [unspecified]

27 University Avenue
Palo Alto, CA 94301-2324

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County: Santa Clara; W of University Ave. underpass of El Camino Real

Building Notes

Placed on National Register of Historic Places: 07/30/1976. This unpretentious wood-frame structure served as a canteen/recreation center for a World War I U.S. Army encampment, Camp Fremont, in Palo Alto, CA, and as a hostess house for women and children coming to visit men at the camp.

Palo Alto residents used the structure after WW I as a community center and resisted several attempts to demolish it. The restaurant, MacArthur Park, rented the building in 1979 and opened for business in 1982.


The former canteen/recreational building was renovated in 1979-1982 to become a restaurant.

Palo Alto Historic Landmark: ID n/a

PCAD id: 1212