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INSIDE: N Classified Marketplace, page 58 N Puzzles, page 59 Home Front COMING UP ROSES ... UC Master Gardeners will talk about how to prune and care for roses while they are dormant on Saturday, Dec. 4, from 10 to 11 a.m. The free talk takes place at the Palo Alto Demonstration Garden, 851 Center Drive, Palo Alto. Information: Master Gardeners at 408-282-3105, between 9:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m., Monday through Friday or A HOLIDAY AFFAIRE ... The Garden Club of Palo Alto will hold its annual Holiday Affaire on Saturday, Dec. 4, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., at Gamble Garden, 1431 Waverley St., Palo Alto. In honor of Gamble Garden’s 25th anniversary, the club will donate all the proceeds from the winter marketplace — which includes wreaths, table decorations, gourmet foods, bird feeders, fresh greens for home decorating, custom-decorated table-top trees and gifts for teachers and hostesses — to Gamble Garden. Information: 650-329-1356 or EDIBLE LANDSCAPING ... Rosalind Creasy, author of “Edible Landscaping: Now You Can Have Your Gorgeous Garden and Eat It Too!” and 16 other books on gardening and cooking, will answer gardening questions and sign books on Saturday, Dec. 4, from 10:30 a.m. to noon at Common Ground Education Center, 559 College Ave., Palo Alto. The Common Ground fundraiser includes a guided tour of Creasy’s favorite seed varieties, tools and garden supplies. Cost is $25. Information: 650-493-6072 or or HOLIDAY ARRANGEMENTS ... Gamble Garden is offering fresh, custom centerpieces, either in one’s own or a purchased container, created by its expert flower arrangers. Cost is $25 for small, $35 for medium or $45 for a large arrangement. Drop off containers the week of Dec. 6 in the Main House (1431 Waverley St., Palo Alto); others can be purchased on Saturday, Dec. 11, from 9 a.m. to noon. (People are asked to arrive by 11 a.m. to ensure arrangements are completed by noon.) Information and preordering: MAKE YOUR OWN ... C. Hopkins will teach classes on “Holiday Ornaments” on Thursday, Dec. 9, from Al so on lin E M 54 HO GE EN PA OP DE, I GU HOME & REAL ESTATE PA L O A LT O W E E K LY e at w w w .P al o Al to On lin e. co m Blasts PAST from the Professorville home tour shows evolution from ‘old, original but livable’ to award-winning story by Carol Blitzer photographs by Veronica Weber K athy and Tim O’Leary were attracted to the 1902 craftsmanship of the Professorville home they purchased in 2004, which “was old, original but livable,” Kathy said. After a few years, they knew they could improve on that livability. Working with Berkeley architect Jerome Buttrick, they made a conscious decision to save and re-use as much of the redwood paneling, double-hung shimmeryglass windows, hardwood floors and shingle siding as possible, while adding on a new great room and state-of-the-art kitchen. The results of their thoughtful process, which was awarded this year’s Palo Alto Stanford Heritage (PAST) award for residential preservation, can be seen on the PAST Holiday House Tour on Dec. 12, along with five other homes in Palo Alto’s Professorville Historic District. It took more than a year to carefully lift the house (after loosening the areas around the windows to keep them from breaking); pour a new, large basement; reconfigure spaces to maximize living in the original footprint; and add on a new great room. “We wanted to keep the original character and optimize it,” Kathy O’Leary said. From the front, the house looks similar to 100 years ago, with its leaded-glass diamond and curved panes and shingled exterior. Wood was removed, refinished and replaced — with a few extra pieces required to fill in where a door was moved. Bedroom flooring was moved downstairs because it better matched the rest of the fir. (continued on page 47) Top, the master bathroom features a rectangular ceramic vanity; center, the new kitchen utilizes “true” materials, from the concrete and zinc counters to the reclaimed walnut jutting from the island; bottom, the exterior remains similar to the way it was in 1902. (continued on page 48) *>œÊÌœÊ7iiŽÞÊUÊ iVi“LiÀÊÎ]ÊÓä£äÊU Page 45

Palo Alto Weekly 12.03.2010 - Section 3

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