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A tour of Stanford would not be complete without a visit to its most visible landmark, the 285-foot Hoover Tower, located a short walk from The Quad, the school's academic center.
Wide shot, Students cycling and walking past Hoover Tower
Best overview: The observation platform at the top of Hoover Tower, 285 feet up (10-4; $2).
A pair of works by Huang Yongping traces the trajectory of a century of contentious US-Sino relations, from imperialism to geopolitical rivalry: His sculpture 1/4 Hoover Tower, 2005, references Stanford University's creepy edifice of that name, which houses the library of the Hoover Institution on War, Revolution, and Peace, and also alludes to President Hoover's youthful stint as an engineer working for a private corporation in China from 1899 to 1901, while Bat Project III, 2003, is a replica of the American surveillance plane downed in Chinese territory in April 2001 (the original work, installed at the Millennium Art Museum, was documented photographically for Buffalo).
Although his presidential library is in his native West Branch, Iowa, ample monuments remain on his college campus--notably, the Hoover Tower.
The Hoover Tower houses a small gallery with exhibits on Hoover and his wife, Lou Henry, 10-4:30 daily; free.
With sandstone buildings topped by Spanish tile roofs, majestic Memorial Church, economists toiling away in Hoover Tower, and a host of Nobel Prize winners, Stanford is home to many of the Valley's entrepreneurs.
You can also make a 10-minute stop at the Herbert Hoover Exhibit Pavilion (at the top of the steps to the left of the tower) for a glimpse of photographs and papers from selected collections, or take an elevator to the top of Hoover Tower for a fine view of the Stanford University campus and the south bay.