HP is arguably household name with its portfolio of printers, PCs, mobile devices, services and more. Today, the veteran electronics OEM is a $48 billion-dollar company, but in 1938, it was only a dream shared by two guys working in a garage in Palo Alto, CA.
I made my way to 367 Addison Ave. for an exclusive tour of where HP’s rich history all began. The garage where it started, as well as a toolshed and a house in a quaint little neighborhood in Palo Alto is still there. HP bought and restored the property to preserve its history. The house isn’t open to the public, but the garage was named a California Historical Landmark on May 19, 1989. Dubbed "the birthplace of Silicon Valley," it captures a critical moment in the history of technology when these two visionaries started their now legendary partnership.
The house was built in 1905 and was a rental property for most of its history. In 1938, David and Lucile Packard married and rented the lower level of the house (their landlady lived upstairs). David’s good friend and collaborator Bill Hewlett moved into the little shack behind the house, saying that he was happy to live simply if it let him stay near his work.
Hewlett-Packard bought the house in 2000, and set to work turning the clock back by restoring the house to its original condition (while still complying with modern building codes). The company completed the project and celebrated with a ribbon cutting ceremony on December 6, 2005.
Click on the image below to take a virtual tour of the house, toolshed and garage where HP and its legacy began.
HP Garage: The Birthplace of Silicon Valley
— Hailey Lynne McKeefry, Editor in Chief, EBN