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Hoover Tower, Palo Alto

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Hoover Tower is a 285ft structure on the campus of Stanford University in Stanford, California. The tower houses the Hoover Institution Library and Archives, an archive collection 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 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 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 250ft 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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  • When you are at the top of the tower, you can have a bird's-eye view of its beautiful and splendid landscape. It might be a nice experience. I was so surprised at seeing how large Stanford University ...  more »
  • Great place. Very nice views. You can go up and down in about 30 minutes. From above you can see the whole bay area. Really nice  more »
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  • We took a walking tour of Stanford and loved it. There is so much to see and what a beautiful and vibrant campus. I found out you can custom make your degree and that students are highly encouraged to have professors as mentors. No wonder it's one of the great learning institutions ever.
  • Amazing 361 degree view! (It is Standford University, everything is possible) the elevators are small though. You might need to stand in the line for a while. They don't allow you to take your backpack with you and they also don't have a proper storage place for prohibited items, so just leave them somewhere safe (home)

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