Stanford Medical Center


Date:
1959
Architects:
Church, Thomas
Stone, Edward Durell
Neighborhood:
Palo Alto
Building Type:
Institutional
Address:
300 Pasteur Drive,, Palo Alto, California
Current Name:
Stanford Medical Center
Current Use:
Hospital
Current Condition:
Excellent
Status:
At Risk
For years following its opening, the architecture of Stanford Medical Center was celebrated for its unique horizontal design. With the master plan for Stanford Medical Center, Edward Durell Stone’s intention had been to facilitate circulation (a key problem with tower-designed hospitals) via the logical organization of facilities. The medical center complex consists of three groups of connected buildings: the medical school, hospital, and outpatient care. Open patios and landscaping by Thomas Church provide a serene environment for both patients and visitors. The complex is set to be demolished due to lack of compliance to current seismic safety standards and patient care capacity limitations.

Selected Bibliography:
“A Milestone in Hospital Design,” Architectural Forum, June 1957, pp 116-119.

Vintage newsreel – “America Opens Embassy in New Delhi,” 1959. http://www.britishpathe.com/record.php?id=67329

Image credits: Hilt Hansen and Heather David.

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