History of the House

Deborah’s Palm is fortunate to be able to occupy one of the most beautiful Queen Anne Victorians in Palo Alto. The house was built in 1896 by Hannah Hezekiah Clapp, who lived here the remaining 7 years of her life, having been an educator for most of her life at the University of Nevada. Clapp purchased the lot from Timothy Hopkins, the adopted son of Mark Hopkins. Timothy Hopkins was one of the original planners of Palo Alto and named many of the local streets after famous poets. The house was primarily women-owned through its history, and was run as a boarding house for Stanford students, an apartment building and most recently as a Bed and Breakfast from 1985 to 2005.

Katie purchased the house in 2006, and it took nearly two years to renovate the house. The City of Palo Alto required many improvements such as seismic upgrades, fire sprinklers, and ADA compliant features. Katie added her special touches of color, style and furnishings to make the Center a warm and inviting space. She also revamped the gardens and added the white picket fence. When you visit, you will enjoy the quiet and peaceful ambience that we all enjoy.



Photo Credit: Mary des Jardins