Stanford University extensive guide to Berkeley and San Francisco area, plus inspiring articles about trips around the world

Berkeley and Beyond

 

Share

PALO ALTO  Attractions

Stanford University Campus  Entrance at El Camino Real/University Ave.  Campus facilities are sometimes closed during academic breaks. 

PALO ALTO-Stanford-Quadrangle-Rodins 2-c2017 Carole Terwilliger Meyers-400pix
          Founded by Leland Stanford in 1885 on what had been his family’s horse farm, California’s premier private university is dedicated to the memory of Stanford’s son, who died of typhoid fever at the age of 15.  It is fittingly nicknamed “The Farm” and is home to 13 Nobel Prize winners.  The most dramatic entrance to the campus is from the east via
PALO ALTO-Stanford-Palm Drive in-c2017 Carole Terwilliger Meyers-400pix
Palm Drive, which leads to the Oval, the Main Quadrangle, and Memorial Church. 

●The free
Marguerite Shuttle bus transports anyone around the campus, to downtown, and to the two shopping centers. 

●Hour-long
campus tours are free and student led. 

●The
Quadrangle is the oldest part of the campus and features Mission-style architecture. 

PALO ALTO-Stanford-Quadrangle-Stanford Memorial Church-exterior 2-c2017 Carole Terwilliger Meyers-400pix
●Nearby, the
Stanford Memorial Church, which was dedicated in 1903, is one of the earliest interdenominational churches in the West.  It has five pipe organs, including a 4,422-pipe Fisk baroque played at Sunday morning services that are open to everyone. 

PALO ALTO-Stanford-Hoover Tower-c2017 Carole Terwilliger Meyers-400pix
●East of the Quad is
Hoover Tower, Stanford’s shorter version of the University of California’s campanile.  It stands 285 feet tall and affords a panoramic view of the area from its observation platform.  Fee.

●At the tower’s base, a museum that is part of the
Hoover Institution on War, Revolution, and Peace honors Stanford graduate and former president Herbert Hoover. 

●Nearby, the
Stanford Art Gallery is home to revolving exhibitions of works by international and regional artists. 

●Built in 1892, the neoclassical
Cantor Arts Center  is located just off the Palm Drive entrance and is the oldest museum west of the Mississippi.  It is also the first building constructed of structurally reinforced concrete—quite a technical accomplishment at the time.  Having suffered severe damage in the 1989 earthquake, it is repaired and once again showing its eclectic collection of extraordinary ancient Asian and Egyptian treasures, modern and contemporary art, Stanford family memorabilia, and California Native American objects (a noteworthy item in this latter collection is a canoe carved by Yurok Indians from a single redwood log).  The gold spike that marked the meeting of the two sections of the Transcontinental Railroad in 1869 is also displayed.  Admission is free.  All this and the fabulous Cool Cafe  providing organic fare and dramatic views of the sculpture garden, too! 

●The adjacent 1-acre
Rodin Sculpture Garden holds 20 bronzes, including “The Gates of Hell.”  Together the museum and garden hold the world’s second-largest collection of Rodin sculpture (the largest is in Paris). 

●An
Outdoor Sculpture Walk tour  is scheduled regularly.  See works by Rodin, Miro, and George Segal, as well as Andy Goldsworthy's 128-ton “Stone River” made from post 1989-earthquake sandstone recovered from campus buildings.

●Nearby,
The New Guinea Sculpture Garden at Stanford displays totem poles and other wood and stone sculptures made on the campus in 1994 by New Guinea master carvers. 

Arizona Garden/Cactus Garden  Located in the middle of the campus, this garden features hundreds of cactus.  Designed in 1883, it has been here for a long, long time and offers a lovely stroll.

PALO ALTO-Hanna House-exterior-PR-cKarin Moriarty-400pix
image courtesy of venue, cKarin Moriarity
Hanna House  Reservations required.  Nicknamed Honeycomb House, this 1937 home designed by Frank Lloyd Wright is built of glass, brick, and redwood and has no 90-degree wall angles.  Everything is composed of honeycomb-shaped hexagons that are repeated throughout in tiles and furnishings.  (When Wright was designing this house, he was at a turning point in his career.  Later, he went on to use some of the ideas he originated here to make waves with his design of the Guggenheim Museum in New York.)  Wright autographed his works with a signed tile in his favorite shade of red.  Here you will find that tile mounted on a carport support in the courtyard.  An expansive yard includes an enclosed swimming pool, water falling over a staircase-style fountain, and a Japanese-style garden framing a fountain that is being restored.  It is interesting to note that the Hanna’s three children all bought Eichler homes. 

SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory  Tours are available of the 2-mile-long linear accelerator in Menlo Park. 

The Health Library is located in the Hoover Pavilion, across from the Stanford Shopping Center.  Operated by Stanford University Hospital as a community service, it provides an archive of medical information along with helpful volunteer reference librarians. 

 

 

Home   Berkeley   Northern California   Way Beyond   About   Site Search  Carole-leopard beret-sunglasses lowered-selfie-c2014-crop-100pix
icon-globe-for_newsletter_sign-up.TEST

Sign up for FREE  E-LETTER

privacy, disclosures, and contact information

EU cookie notification: This site does not use cookies, but our advertisers and partners (such as Google) might.

new-g-plus-icon-16

copyright © 2012-2017 Carole Terwilliger Meyers.  All rights reserved.
Do not reproduce without permission.

website design software

travel writer Carole Terwilliger Meyers