Exterior cleaning of the Hoover Tower

Tuesday, July 19, 2011
The exterior of Hoover Tower is being cleaned and restored
Image credit: 
Tin Tin Wisniewski
The exterior of Hoover Tower is being cleaned and restored
Image credit: 
Tin Tin Wisniewski

Beginning the week of July 18, Stanford has begun cleaning and restoring the exterior of Hoover Tower. The project is expected to be completed by September 30, 2011. The process includes cleaning the tower facades, repairing cracks and patches in the exterior stucco, and renewing the glazing and painting of the exterior window frames. The tower was last cleaned in 1995. Please note that the observation deck of the Hoover Tower will be closed during cleaning.

The Hoover Tower, inspired by the cathedral tower at Salamanca, Spain, was completed in 1941. It was designed by architect Arthur Brown Jr., who also designed the San Francisco War Memorial Opera House, City Hall, and Coit Tower. Most floors of the tower are library stacks; three floors contain offices. Herbert Hoover worked on the tower’s eleventh floor.