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HP Garage

Hewlett Packard House and Garage
The HP garage in March 2009
Location 367 Addison Ave., Palo Alto, California
Area less than one acre
Built pre 1938
Architectural style Bungalow/Craftsman
Governing body Private
NRHP Reference # 07000307[2]
CHISL # 976[1]
Significant dates
Added to NRHP April 20, 2007
Designated CHISL 1987

The HP Garage is a private museum where the company Hewlett-Packard (HP) was founded. It is located at 367 Addison Avenue in Palo Alto, California.[3] It is considered to be the "Birthplace of Silicon Valley."[4] It is a designated California Historical Landmark and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

The home, originally designated as 367 Addison Avenue, was first occupied in 1905 by Dr. John Spencer, his wife Ione, and their two adult daughters. Dr. Spencer became Palo Alto's first mayor in 1909.[5] In 1918, the house was divided into two separate apartments, numbered 367 and 369.

In 1937, David "Dave" Packard, then 25 years old, visited William "Bill" Hewlett in Palo Alto and the pair had their first business meeting.

In 1938, newly married Dave and Lucile Packard moved into 367 Addison Ave, the first floor three-room apartment, with Bill Hewlett sleeping in the shed. Mrs. Spencer, now widowed, moved into the second floor apartment, 369 Addison. Hewlett and Packard began to use the one-car garage, with $538 in capital.

In 1939, Hewlett and Packard formed their partnership, with a coin toss creating the name Hewlett-Packard.

Hewlett-Packard's first product, built in the garage, was an audio oscillator, the HP200A.[6] One of Hewlett-Packard's first customers was Walt Disney Studios,[7] which purchased eight oscillators to test and certify the sound systems in theaters that were going to run the first major film released in stereophonic sound, Fantasia.

The HP garage is not open for public tours, but the property can be viewed from the sidewalk and driveway.

Historical Designations


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  3. ^ The street lent its name to Hewlett-Packard's employee credit union, known until 2010 as "Addison Avenue Federal Credit Union". The name changed in 2011 to "First Tech Federal Credit Union" after a merger with First Tech Credit Union.
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  5. ^ HP Garage Timeline
  6. ^ about HP
  7. ^ HP early instruments
  8. ^ a b Poletti, Therese, HP garage named U.S. landmark: Property Where HP Was Founded Now Listed On U.S. Historic Registry, San Jose Mercury-News, May 18, 2007

External links

  • Rebuilding HP's Garage
  • , Dec. 4, 2005New York Times"Shrine to Hours of Tinkering in a Garage on the Ground Floor of Silicon Valley",

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