National Register of Historic Places in Santa Clara County

National Register #85003325: Stanford University Red Barn 8 February 2011
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National Register #85003325
Palo Alto Stock Farm Horse Barn
AKA Stanford Red Barn
AKA Stanford Stables
Fremont Road
Stanford University
Built c.1878-1880

Stanford University's Red Barn is the most significant building remaining from the once world-famous Palo Alto Stock Farm, founded by Leland Stanford and operated from approximately 1878 until 1903.

The Red Barn was the Stock Farm's training stable. It is an excellent example of Stick-Eastlake styling of the period applied to a utilitarian structure.

The Red Barn is agriculturally and scientifically significant because it was at the functional center of the Stock Farm, a large scale biological laboratory in which Leland Stanford studied the anatomy and locomotion of horses and experimented with his progressive and controversial theories about breeding and training. Together with a carriage house and a similar, but slightly smaller colt barn nearby, the training stable was at the hub of the Stock Farm's activity.

Only the Red Barn training stable still stands.

Excerpted from the NRHP nomination form.

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