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A home for
The HP Garage—the Birthplace of Silicon Valley
367 Addison Avenue, Palo Alto, California

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A home for innovation

Tucked away on a quiet, tree-lined residential street near
Stanford University, the HP Garage stands today as the
enduring symbol of innovation and the entrepreneurial
spirit. It was in this humble 12x18-foot building that college
friends Bill Hewlett and Dave Packard first pursued the
dream of a company of their own. Guided by an
unwavering desire to develop innovative and useful
products, the two men went on to blaze a trail at the
forefront of the electronics revolution.

                                  The history of the HP Garage
The HP Garage in 1939 (top) and   The garage stands behind a two-story Shingle
restored in 2005 (bottom).        Style home built for Dr. John C. Spencer about
                                  1905. The exact construction date of the garage
                                  is unknown, but while there is no evidence of its
                                  presence on insurance maps dated 1908, by 1924
                                  it is clearly denoted on updated documents as a
                                  private garage.

                                  In 1938, Bill Hewlett and Dave Packard decided to
                                  “make a run for it” in business. Dave left his job
                                  at General Electric in Schenectady, New York, and
                                  returned to Palo Alto while Bill scouted rentals.    The garage was dedicated as the Birthplace
                                                                                       of Silicon Valley in 1989, and HP acquired the
                                  He found one perfect for their needs on Addison      property in 2000. HP is proud to have worked
                                  Avenue. Chosen specifically because of a garage      closely with the City of Palo Alto to return the
                                  he and Dave could use as their workshop, the         house, garage, and shed to conditions much
                                  property also offered a three-room, ground-          as they were in 1939. The heritage project was
                                  floor flat for Dave and his new wife Lucile and an   completed in 2005. In 2007, the property was
                                  8x18-foot shed for Bill. They shared the $45 per     listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
                                  month rent.
                                                                                       While the HP Garage is not open for public tours,
                                  The garage served as research lab, development       individual visitors and small groups may view
                                  workshop, and manufacturing facility for early       and photograph the property and landmark from
                                  products, including the Model 200A audio             the sidewalk. Addison Avenue remains a quiet
                                  oscillator. The company, founded in 1939, was        residential neighborhood, so if you decide to visit,
                                  named with a coin toss. The garage was soon          please respect the privacy of our neighbors.
                                  outgrown, and in 1940 HP moved into larger
                                  quarters nearby on Page Mill Road.


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    Garage timeline

    c.1905                           1919–1920                        1924                                       1934                                      1935
    House at 367 (then numbered      The house is divided into two    The 12x18-foot garage                      Bill Hewlett and Dave                     Dave moves to Schenectady,
    369) Addison Ave. is built for   apartments numbered 367          first appears on Sanborn                   Packard graduate from                     New York, to work for
    Dr. John Spencer, a physician    and 369.                         Insurance maps of Palo Alto.               Stanford University.                      General Electric. Bill remains
    and early mayor of Palo Alto.                                                                                                                          at Stanford to prepare for
                                                                                                                                                           graduate work at MIT.

    1936                             1937                             1938                                       move into the three-room                  with $538 in working capital,
    Bill completes grad work at      Dave visits Bill in Palo Alto;   Dave takes a leave of                      apartment on the first floor              including the value of Dave’s
    MIT and returns to Palo Alto.    they have their first official   absence from GE and moves                  (#367) and Bill moves into                used Craftsman drill press.
                                     business meeting.                back to Palo Alto with his                 the shed in the back. The                 They develop numerous
                                                                      new wife, Lucile. The Addison              landlady, Mrs. Ione Spencer,              products, including HP’s first
                                                                      Avenue rental is specifically              lives in the upstairs flat at             product, the Model 200A
                                                                      chosen because it has a                    #369. Bill and Dave begin                 audio oscillator.
                                                                      garage. Dave and Lucile                    part-time work in the garage

                                     1939                             1940                                       1985                                      1987
                                     January 1, Bill and Dave         Hewlett-Packard Company                    The garage is designated a                The garage becomes
                                     formalize their partnership.     moves to a larger rented                   City of Palo Alto landmark.               California Historical
                                     They decide the company’s        building on Page Mill Road.                                                          Landmark No. 976.
                                     name with a coin toss. After     Dave and Lucile move to the
                                     Bill and Flora’s marriage,       Palo Alto neighborhood of
                                     the small shed becomes           Barron Park.
                                     the HP business office.

Dave (left) and Bill in the
garage workshop.

    1989                                                              2000                                       2005                                      2007
    Dedication ceremonies are                                         HP acquires the Addison                    HP restores the garage,                   The property is listed on
    held for the “Birthplace of                                       Avenue property.                           house, and shed at                        the National Register of
    Silicon Valley.”                                                                                             367 Addison Ave.                          Historic Places.

                                     Bill (left) and Dave at the
                                     garage dedication.


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                                                                Dave (left) and Bill at the 1989 dedication of the garage as California Landmark No. 976, the
                                                                Birthplace of Silicon Valley.

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