|Hoover Residence in Palo Alto,
aka Lou Henry
Herbert and Lou Henry Hoover fell in love with
each other and with Palo Alto, California, while
studying at Stanford University. Their love
affair with Palo Alto continued after their
graduations, and it was there that they built
their only permanent home.
Designed by Lou Henry Hoover, the
5,000-square-foot, irregularly-shaped house rises
two stories in the front and three stories in the
rear. Construction began in 1919, and was
completed in June 1920.
The Hoovers had barely had time to "break
the house in" when Herbert was appointed
Secretary of Commerce by President Warren G.
Harding in 1921, a role he continued under President Calvin
Coolidge. It was in the home that the Hoover
family awaited the results of the 1928 and 1932
presidential elections, but otherwise their
residency was sporadic. They returned to the
house after Herbert Hoover left the White House,
while maintaining a New York apartment as a
After Lou's death in 1944, Herbert deeded the
house to Stanford University for use as a
residence for professors. Designated a National
Historic Landmark in 1985, the home is now the
official residence of the president of Stanford
University and is not open to the public.
National Park Service https://www.nps.gov/nr/travel/santaclara/hoo.htm
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