Architecture, Principle, and Culture: The Universal Value for Which Stanford Stands

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Stanford University is a private research university located in Stanford, CA at geographical coordinates 37.43° N, 122.17° W. Erected in 1891 in memory of the founders’ son, Leland Stanford Junior, The Stanford University campus combines Romanesque, neoclassic and Mission Revival architectural styles on its buildings, with red tile roofs, sandstone walls, and beautiful aesthetic decorative details. Its architectural landmarks, for example, the Main Quad and Memorial Church, are representative of many eras of culture and technological advancement in the United States. Its physical and symbolic aspects make it a universally valuable site like no other. Stanford University is a site of outstanding universal value because of its …show more content…
Stanford is comparable to two properties on the World Heritage List: the University of Virginia in Charlottesville and the Canterbury Cathedral. Both the Stanford Campus and the University of Virginia exemplify classical architecture in their contemporary buildings, while both the Canterbury Cathedral and monuments on campus such as Memorial Church contain works of art that are unique artistic creations. However, what stands out on the Stanford Campus, unlike either site, is the mission statement that represents Stanford’s dedication to progress and innovation, in addition to the vast progress and innovation that has already been made throughout its history.

From its creation in 1891 to the present day, Stanford University has stood for technological progress and human advancement. Though the idea of the existence of universal value has long been debated, we can see that the Stanford University campus is a site that stands, both physically and symbolically, as a place that all can see extreme value in. Comparable to other sites on the UNESCO World Heritage List, such as the University of Virginia and the Canterbury Cathedral in England, Stanford meets criteria (i) and (iv) as not only an architectural masterpiece of human creative genius, but also a unique testimony to many cultural

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