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1.   Location Tip

The Hoover Tower is located at 550 Serra Mall. It is located directly across from Memorial Auditorium and adjacent to the Lou Henry Hoover Building.


2.   Use/Purpose

The lobby of the Hoover Tower houses the Herbert Hoover and Lou Henry Hoover exhibits. The Hoover Tower Observation Platform, located on the 14th floor, was completed in 1941 to celebrate the University's 50th anniversary. The 285-foot tower is a landmark for students, alumni and the local community.


3. Accessible Entrance

The main entrance to the Hoover Tower is located along Serra Mall and is not accessible. The only accessible entrance is located on the west side of the building (across from the Traitel Building, which is currently under construction) via a ramp. This entrance remains locked, but is equipped with an intercom system at the entrance. A Guest Services staff member will escort patrons into this entrance once the intercom system is activated. UPDATE FOR SUMMER 2015 THROUGH SUMMER 2017: CONSTRUCTION IS OCCURING IN THE AREA AND IS IMPACTING THE ACCESSIBLE ROUTE TO THE WHEELCHAIR RAMP AT THE SIDE OF HOOVER TOWER. Immediately to the right of the main entrance, a temporary ramp has been installed to provide access to the side entrance. Please note that disabled parking is limited along Crothers Way. When using the disabled parking along Crothers Way, avoid construction occurring to the west of Hoover Tower by heading east behind the Herbert Hoover Memorial Building and turn left onto Galvez Mall. Continue down Galvez Mall and turn left along the walkway in front of the Lou Henry Hoover Building.  Continue along this pathway until you arrive in front of the Hoover Tower. If parking at the Oval, head east on Serra Mall toward the Hoover Tower. If parking along Galvez Street near Serra Mall, head west on Serra Mall to the Hoover Tower.  


4. Restrooms

Once inside the accessible entrance, wheelchair accessible men's and women's restrooms are located to the right, on the right side of the hallway. 


5. Parking & Transportation

There is a limited amount of disabled parking along Crothers Way. Additional disabled parking is located on the Oval or on Galvez Street. The closest Marguerite shuttle stop is located on Serra Mall, just outside the Hoover Tower.


6. Points of Interest

Visit the Herbert Hoover Memorial Exhibit Pavilion located next to the Hoover Tower. For more information on the Hoover Tower and Herbert Hoover Memorial Exhibit Pavilion, please visit http://visit.stanford.edu/plan/guides/hoover.html.


For disability access information about any building not listed in the Campus Access Guide, please contact the Diversity and Access Office, (650) 725-0326 voice, (650) 723-1216 TTY, disability.access@stanford.edu. We welcome your feedback about the Mobility Guide and requests for further information.