In 1939, David Packard and William Hewlett launched Hewlett-Packard out of a 12-by-18-foot garage on a leafy street in Palo Alto, Calif. The spot is considered by some as the birthplace of Silicon Valley.
In 2000, HP bought the Palo Alto lot, house, garage and shed for a reported $1.7 million. On Dec. 6, the tech company celebrated the completion of its effort to restore the buildings to their appearance in 1939.
This photo shows how deconstruction of the house stood on Feb. 22.
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