MacArthur Park, Palo Alto

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27 University Ave, Palo Alto 650-321-9990

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    by Ewingjr98 Updated Oct 5, 2008

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    MacArthur Park is a historic restaurant in Palo Alto that is California Historical Landmark No. 895. The structure was built in 1918 by Julia Morgan (who also built Hearst Castle at San Simeon, Oakland’s Mills College Bell Tower, the Berkeley City Club and the Greek Theater). Today this is the only remaining structure from California's World War I Army training camps.

    The structure was originally a World War I YWCA Hostess House and was located at Camp Fremont. After the war ended most of Camp Fremont was leveled, but Palo Alto purchased this building and it was moved to thge present location in 1919, where it became the first city funded community center in the US, and it later became the meeting place for a veterans organization. In 1976 the city wanted to demolish the building, but it was remolded in 1979 and became MacArthur Park Restaurant in 1981.

    The front of the restaurant has numerous historical monuments, war memorials, and a memorial flagpole.

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