July 8: Stanford University

Stanford University is located in about 20 minutes drive from Mr. James's home. The university has suffered from San Francisco Earthquake and many repair works are still underway.
There are many beautiful buildings in the campus. Stanford University was founded by Leland and James Stanford in 1885 as a memorial to their only child, Leland Jr., who died of typhoid in 1884. The University is located on the San Francisco Peninsula about an hour's drive from San Francisco. Its 8,180-acre campus stretches from Santa Clara Valley into the foothills of the Santa Cruz Mountains. One of California's most prominent citizens, Lelard Stanford was president of the Central Pacific Railroad and drove the golden spike at Promontory, Utah, completing the first transcontinental railroad. President Hoover gave Leland a vast land cerebrating his great achievement.

Stanford University also works as an incubator to the talented students who try to make business by offering not only financial support but also land and all other kinds of resources. This is the origin of today's flourish of Silicon Valley.

The general plan for the University was the product of a unique collaboration between Jane and Leland Stanford and Frederick Law Olmsted, designer of New York's Central Park. The Stanfords desired a monumental plan to commemorate their son. Olmsted believed in a strong relationship between the individual and the natural environment. The resolution is still evident in today's campus everywhere.

The heart of the University is the Inner Quadrangle -12 original classroom buildings joined by arcades with Memorial Church- and the surrounding Outer Quadrangle. The architecture is a mix of Romanesque and Mission Revival styles.

The Church is provided with beautiful wall paintings and wonderful stained glass. I could hear the solemn sound of the pipe organ.
In the quadrangle was filled with beautiful violet flowers. I was so pity that I hadn't enough time to see around more facilities in the campus.

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