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Stanford University, California

Located between San Francisco and San Jose in the heart of Silicon Valley, Stanford University is recognized as one of the world's leading research and teaching institutions.

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Stanford University - Stanford Memorial Church

Stanford Memorial Church

Stanford Memorial Church is located at the center of the Stanford University campus in Stanford, California. It was built by Jane Stanford as a memorial to her husband, Leland Stanford. Designed by architect Charles A. Coolidge, a protege of Henry Hobson Richardson, the church has been called "the University's architectural crown jewel".

Stanford University - Hoover Tower

Hoover Tower

Hoover Tower is a 285-foot structure on the campus of Stanford University in Stanford, California. The tower is part of the Hoover Institution on War, Revolution and Peace, a research center founded by former U.S. president Herbert Hoover. Hoover Tower, which is a reproduction of the cathedral tower at Salamanca, was finished in 1941, the year of Stanford's 50th anniversary. It was designed by architect Arthur Brown, Jr.

Stanford University - Rodin Sculpture Garden

Rodin Sculpture Garden

The Cantor Art Center's collection of Rodin bronzes is the largest in the world outside Paris, second only to the Musee Rodin. More than 50 works by Rodin are on view inside the Center, mostly cast bronze, but also works in wax, plaster, and terra cotta. Twenty bronzes, including The Gates of Hell, on which Rodin worked for two decades to complete, are outside in the Sculpture Garden. The Burghers of Calais are nearby on campus. The Rodin Sculpture Garden is open all hours, with lighting for nighttime viewing. Admission is free.

Stanford University - Stone River by Andy Goldsworthy

Stone River by Andy Goldsworthy

Stone River, by British environmental artist Andy Goldsworthy. Thomas Seligman, the John and Jill Freidenrich Director of the Cantor Arts Center, called the sculpture one of the most important gifts to the center's collection. It was a gala occasion, with many laudatory remarks made about Goldsworthy and his work during the official dedication and afterward, as guests sipped wine and admired the flowing, 320-foot-long sandstone sculpture.

Stanford University - Papua New Guinea Sculpture Garden

Papua New Guinea Sculpture Garden

The Papua New Guinea Sculpture Garden is one of the most unique sites on campus. The garden is located at the corner of Santa Teresa Street and Lomita Drive. Ten artists from New Guinea created the stone and wooden sculptures during a five-month visit in 1994.

Stanford University - Papua New Guinea Sculpture Garden

Frenchman's Tower

Palo Alto Historical Society's Steve Staiger says that whoever finally figures out the original purpose of Frenchman's Tower will get their 15 minutes of fame—at least in Palo Alto. This approximately two-story brick tower looks a lot like a displaced castle turret, except that its gothic-arched windows are all bricked over. Reportedly built in the late 18th century by the Peninsula's celebrated French pioneer, Peter Coutts, the Frenchman's Tower now stands guard right off of Old Page Mill Road.

Stanford University - Boo Qwilla - Totem Pole

Boo Qwilla - totem pole

"Boo Qwilla" was carved in 1995 from an ancient red cedar tree and today stands in a grove of trees in front of the School of Business (right). Beside it a plague explains the "Boo Quilla" story: "On this totem pole, Thunderbird, with wings outstretched, towers overhead. He perches on top of Raven, the creator of Earth, Light, and Consciousness. Raven's wings encompass the headress of Boo Quilla, a person of knowledge, wisdom, and achievement.

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