The San Juan Residential District ("Residential District") located on the Stanford University campus, was established in the year 1900, with the San Juan neighborhood being developed as faculty housing. The Residential District comprises eight neighborhoods and 860 faculty residences that are categorized by Stanford University as Standard/Unrestricted Leasehold Properties. The Residential District holds several buildings that have been registered as historic landmarks; three are listed on the National Historic Register. These include: the Lou Henry Hoover, MacFarland, and Hanna-Honeycomb Houses. In addition to these, there are five other houses identified as historically significant by the County.
Owing to the concentration of historic homes and the feedback received from residents of the Residential District, there is a need for the County to assess the Residential District to determine
- if the Residential District or portions of it merit designation as a Historic District, based on shared historic characteristics, and:
- if there are additional historic resources to be evaluated.
The County will be conducting a survey of the Residential District to determine if the entire district, or portions-of, needs to be designated as an Historic District. The survey will inform the County’s Planning Department’s effort to determine whether the identified Historic District will require additional development standards to preserve the historic character.
The extent of the district is bounded by Campus Drive to the northwest, Junipero Serra Boulevard to the southwest and Page Mill Road to the southeast and includes eight neighborhoods:
- San Juan Neighborhood (Single-Family Dwellings (SFD); 1900-present; 178 units)
- Pine Hill I (SFD; 1955-present; 116 units)
- Pine Hill II (SFD; 1956-present; 120 units)
- Frenchman’s Hill (SFD; 1967-present; 190 units)
- Pierce Mitchell (Condos; 1975; 82 units)
- Peter Coutts Hill (Condos, 1982, 140 units)
- Ryan Court (Condos; 1991; 26 units)
- Hill Site (SFD; 1996, 8 units)
Geographic extent of the proposed historic survey for the Residential District as defined above, will exclude the three condominium neighborhoods of Pierce Mitchell, Peter Coutts Hill, and Ryan Court.
First Community Meeting:
The first community meeting was held at 6:30 pm on Thursday February 27, 2020 at Paul Brest Hall. The meeting was attended by approximately 110 people. There was extensive representation of residents from the various neighborhoods (see map below).
The PowerPoint presented at the meeting can be downloaded here:
The County may upload additional information about the meeting at a later date and will notify interested parties when that happens.
Project Community Stakeholder Group:
A community stakeholder group (CSG) comprising of different stakeholders will be established to advise the Department during the project. The CSG would comprise of volunteer stakeholders from the Residential District, including residents, property owners, and other individuals with vested interest in the historic survey and development standards associated with the Residential District. To maintain fair and even composition, the Planning Department intends to select individuals from the following stakeholder areas:
- Residents of the San Juan Hill Area (the sub-group concerned with preservation of character and history of their neighborhood);
- Residents of other neighborhoods that make up the Residential District;
- Stanford Faculty/staff residents;
- Stanford University Representative;
- Stanford Community Resources Group (CRG); and
- Historical Heritage Commission (HHC).
The Planning Department intends to create an nine-member group. As some of aforementioned stakeholder groups overlap, the Planning Department has organized the nominations in the following manner:
- Six (6) residents of the Residential District (at least two are Stanford faculty/staff)
- One (1) Stanford University management representative
- One (1) CRG member
- One (1) HHC member
The above composition will allow for an even selection of residents of the Residential District (four residents, two of these shall be Stanford faculty), Stanford (one management staff, one student); and subject matter experts (one CRG member and one HHC member).
1st CSG Meeting:
- 1st CSG Meeting Agenda
- 1st CSG Meeting Recording
2nd CSG Meeting:
3rd CSG Meeting:
4th CSG Meeting:
- 4th CSG Presentation
- Permit Process Hand out
- Summarized Reponses from the 4th CSG meeting and posed questions