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Historic Houses Project

1926 Tudor Period Style. Seventh Annual Stanford Historic House and Garden Tour: An Architectural Sampler of Stanford.May 11, 2011.

Photo: Sunny Scott

Over the past 20 years, seven books have been published by the Stanford Historical Society Historic Houses Project. The most recent, Historic Houses VII: South San Juan Neighborhood and Stock Farm, Stanford University, was published in 2016. The Historic Houses series focuses on an important part of Stanford history, providing architectural and social history on more than 100 pre-1930 campus houses.

Now in its tenth year, the Historic House & Garden Tour shares this rich history of campus architecture as well as stories of early residents with Stanford and the broader community.

The Historic Houses Project was honored with a State of California Governor's Historic Preservation Award in 2007.


The titles in the Historic Houses book series are:

  • Historic Houses of San Juan Hill. Revised Edition, 2006. (Out of Print)
  • Historic Houses of Lower San Juan District. Published April 1998. (Out of Print)
  • Historic Houses III: San Juan Neighborhood, Stanford University. Published Spring 2005.
  • Historic Houses IV: Early Residential Communities of the Lower San Juan District. Published Spring 2007.
  • Historic Houses V: Southeast San Juan Neighborhood, Stanford University. Published Spring 2009.
  • Historic Houses VI: Lower San Juan Neighborhood, Continued. Stanford University. Published Spring 2012. 
  • Historic Houses VII: South San Juan Neighborhood and Stock Farm, Stanford University. Published August 2016.

To place an order for any of the books, see details at Books.


Past house tours include:

  • April 26, 2015 - Hidden Gems of Upper Lomita: Walking Tour and Treasure Hunt
  • May 4, 2014 - Historic Houses Reimagined
  • April 22, 2012 -  Eclectic Houses of Lower San Juan Neighborhood
  • May 1, 2011 - An Architectural Sampler of Stanford
  • April 25, 2010 -  A Study in Contrasts
  • April 26, 2009 - Reimagining the Clark Legacy
  • April 27, 2008 - Homes of Stanford's Early Faculty