Stanford Memorial Church is part of a linked, complex system of arcades that make up the Quad, which serves to unify the entire complex, is more reminiscent of European public spaces than American ones, and "is probably one of the most important feature of the original Stanford architecture". It was built during the American Renaissance period and features a kaleidoscope of intricate detail that reveals itself upon each additional visit to the grounds. Here you can find additional information about the church and it's storied history.
Memorial Church Inscriptions
Carved into Memorial Church’s interior sandstone walls are a collection of instructive and inspirational sayings assembled by Jane Stanford over the years.
Memorial Church Quatrefoils
Of special scholarly and artistic interest are the ancient religious symbols and the carved quatrefoils that provide their settings.
Memorial Church Usage Policy
The church includes a diversity of programs and assemblies in its space and primarily exists to provide opportunities for worship, reflection, spiritual practice, conversation, education, and community building related to religious, spiritual, ethical, and moral formation. Through the governance of the Stanford University Board of Trustees and guidance of the Memorial Church Advisory Board, approval for all reservations will be determined by the Event Manager under the direction of the Dean of Office for Religious & Spiritual Life.