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Guy Shoup House modifications headed for public review Monday


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The owners of the Guy Shoup House, designated a historical-landmark home in Los Altos, seek approval to replace the detached garage.

A plan to make modifications to a historical-landmark home in Los Altos is headed for public review, according to city officials.

Los Altos Planning Services Manager David Kornfield told the Town Crier that the owners of the former University Avenue home of Guy Shoup – brother of Los Altos founding father Paul Shoup – are seeking approval to demolish a detached garage on the property and construct a new one in its place. Plans include adding a second-story rear balcony to the home.

The city’s Historical Commission is slated to review the modification plans Monday, Kornfield said. He added that the city’s planning staff is “generally supportive” of the modifications sought for the 3,150-square foot home.

If approved by the Historical Commission, the modification plans would advance to the city’s Design Review Commission for public review.

According to Los Altos Senior Planner Zach Dahl, the Guy Shoup House at 452 University Ave. received its Historical Landmark designation approximately one year ago.

Prior to the designation, the home was listed on the city’s Historic Resources Inventory and identified as a potential Historical Landmark.

Weeks after the designation, owners Del and Marlene Beumer sold the home, which was on the market at the time, for more than $4.5 million, according to real estate records.

Dahl termed the two-story residence a Mediterranean-style home originally built in 1915 for Guy Shoup, an attorney for the Southern Pacific Railroad.

– Diego Abeloos

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