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Hoover Tower

550 Serra Mall, Stanford, California 94305 USA

Closed Now
Opens Thu 10a

“Attractions & Culture in Stanford, CA”

Hoover Tower is a 285 feet structure on the campus of Stanford University. The tower houses the Hoover Institution Library and Archives, founded by Herbert Hoover before he became President of the United States. Hoover had amassed a large collection of materials related to early 20th century history; he donated them to Stanford, his alma mater, to found a "library of war, revolution and peace". Hoover Tower also houses the Hoover Institution a research center and think tank. Hoover Tower, inspired by the cathedral tower at Salamanca, was finished in 1941, the year of Stanford's 50th anniversary. It was designed by architect Arthur Brown, Jr. The tower has a carillon of 48 bells cast in Belgium and the Netherlands, and the general public is not allowed at the top of the tower when the bells ring. The largest bell weighs in at 2.5 tons. The first nine floors of the tower are library stacks and the next three floors are used for offices. Exiled Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn lived on the 11th floor for some time upon invitation by Stanford University before he moved in 1976. Hoover Tower receives approximately 200 visitors per day, and a nominal fee is charged for non-students or non-faculty. The observation deck platform is 250 feet above the ground, and provides an expansive view of the Stanford University campus and surrounding area. On clear days it is possible to see all the way to the distant skyline of San Francisco. The tower's observation deck is open daily from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., but closed during academic breaks and finals.

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Gorgeous facility with a little Hoover museum and an observation platform (like $5).

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Hoover Tower

550 Serra Mall
Stanford, California
94305 USA

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