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OUR HISTORY


About Us

  The Cowper Inn is composed of two historic turn-of-the-century Palo Alto houses: one built in the Craftsman Style, and the other Victorian. 
  The Craftsman House was built by a local coal merchant and over time became the property of  Dr. Effie York. She owned the corner house from 1911 until 1937, and was Palo Alto's first osteopath (advanced chiropractor). She conducted her practice from her home until her retirement in 1937. During the 1920's and 1930's, she used the second house (Victorian) as a club for Filipino students attending Stanford University. 
   The next owner, Mrs. Elise Bailey Stone, changed the corner house to include apartments. She first lived in one of the apartments and later in the main house until she moved to a nursing home in 1957. There were several owners of the properties from 1958 until 1986 when they were purchased by Peggy and John Woodworth. At that time, Peggy who had just retired as a teacher, found these beautiful properties and fulfilled her passion of owning and running a Bed and Breakfast. Thus, these properties began their new lives as Cowper Inn, a unique Palo Alto styled Bed and Breakfast. Throughout the past 25 years, Peggy and John put their hearts and souls into running it and making it the Palo Alto's renowned B & B. It has been serving and accommodating travelers from all over the world. 

After Peggy and John decided to retire in May 2007, we Cowperwell, LLC, are fortunate to have this opportunity to continue their legacy in serving the guests of the Cowper Inn. With continued improvements, renovations and dedication to excellence, we strive to offer you not only the Inn's historic cultural heritage but also a comfortable and enjoyable traveling experience. 

We invite you to come learn more about us and stay with us to experience a time of refinement and elegance.