Then & Now

Campus Panorama from Alta Vista

Stanford University Archives
Ca. 1892-1901
Sunny Scott

Alta Vista, the house constructed in 1900, was part of a 17-acre estate owned by Charles Lathrop, Jane Stanford’s younger brother and the university’s first treasurer and business manager. Located near the entrance to the Stanford Golf Course, the Alta Vista overlooks the Stanford campus, which has grown and changed significantly over the last 125 years. Left: View of the Stanford campus during its early years. The iconic Memorial Church has not been built yet. Right: Campus panorama from Alta Vista in 2015, with the Hoover Tower soaring over the university.