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Stanford Report, June 16, 1999

Stanford receives statewide award for preservation of historic buildings

The Governor's Historic Preservation Award for 1999 has been awarded to the university for its 10-year seismic strengthening program and "outstanding achievements in the field of historic preservation."

In a letter dated May 18 to university architect David Neuman, Daniel Abeyta, acting state historic preservation officer in the Department of Parks and Recreation, states: "This prestigious award is the only official preservation award presented by the State of California to worthy recipients in recognition of outstanding achievements."

During the last decade, the university has spent more than $250 million, including federal grants, seismically retrofitting buildings and restoring interiors in more than 85 historic structures. These form an important part of Stanford's history and California's architectural heritage, says Neuman. The buildings include Memorial Church, the Cantor Center for Visual Arts, Frank Lloyd Wright's Hanna House, Encina Hall, Green Library West and several buildings in the Main Quad.

As each building in the Main Quad undergoes seismic reconstruction, its adjacent arcades are being rebuilt with restoration of details from the early 1900s. Major architectural features associated with the arcades, such as the portal entryways on the east and west sides of the Main Quad, also have been repaired and strengthened. Two of the Main Quad buildings remain to be seismically strengthened. When these two projects are completed by fall 2002, the Main Quad and nearly all of Stanford's original buildings will have been revived for the 21st century, says Neuman.