About Branner Hall

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Branner Hall

Branner Hall is an upper class dorm – residents are sophomores, juniors and seniors – that is home to 125 students. Life in Branner has a public service focus with many residents applying to live in Branner specifically to grow and reflect upon their commitment to public service.

One of the most elegant and graceful buildings on campus, Branner is named after the University’s second president, John Casper Branner. The mission-style building was completely renovated in 2003 and consists primarily in two-room doubles. It features a shaded courtyard, a sunny patio, several study and meeting rooms, a computer cluster, a beautiful and comfortable dining hall, and a beautiful lounge named after Kennell Jackson, Branner’s Resident Fellow for 22 years.

Tom and Mary Esther Schnaubelt, Branner’s Resident Fellows, work with student staff members to create an environment that supports residents personal and academic aspirations, fosters a sense of community and home, and builds an ethic of service and a commitment to the common good.

Branner: A Brief History

Source: http://www.stanford.edu/dept/rde/cgi-bin/drupal/housing/housing/branner-hall

Known for its vibrant spirit, Branner Hall is an upperclass(non-frosh) residence with a focus program on public service. The elegant, Mission-style building, renovated in 2003, houses 125 students, primarily in two-room doubles. *Students may participate in a pre-assignment process to this residence if interested in the public service program.

Branner Hall opened in January 1924, named after John Caspar Branner, Stanford’s first professor, second president(1913-1915), and Chair of the Department of Geology and Mining. The elegant building was designed by the San Francisco firm of Bakewell & Brown, who also designed Memorial Auditorium and the original Bing Wing of Green Library.

The University financed the building’s original $480,000 cost with gate receipts from the then newly-built Stanford Stadium. While conceived for “men who prefer to live as individuals and not in groups,” a nine-month, $20.2 million renovation created many more spaces to encourage the development of communities. Branner has also served as an all-women’s residence before becoming co-ed. The first female U.S. Supreme Court Justice, Sandra Day O’Conner, lived in Branner Hall during her freshman year at Stanford.

 

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