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The building contained a swimming tank, handball courts, bowling alleys, and a large gymnasium. However, Jane Stanford envisioned the building as a social center, reserving its top floor for a ballroom (the dance floor was cushioned by springs) with kitchen facilities and a banquet hall. There Gymnasium, Lasuen Street (1906) THE ORIGINAL CAMPUS: 1886–1906 on a steel frame, inspired by the newly completed Library of Congress in 38 was also a meeting room for the trustees, a trophy room, and the library of the hygiene department.
Quadrangles, capable of continual extension along their major axes, permitted Stanford’s “indeﬁnite expansion” of intellectual knowledge. “We may always advance toward the inﬁnite,” Leland Stanford affirmed. With their organizing axes, the quads would bring order and civilization to the surrounding wilderness. The seemingly unlimited extent of grounds, held in trust by the university in perpetuity, was to become its outdoor laboratories, including the Stock Farm, with its own quadrangle of barns and kindergarten track, a true attempt at taming nature.
It was to be replaced by the new gymnasium, which fell in the 1906 quake. Nature Intervenes In 1906, a little more than a year after the death of Jane Stanford, and as the university moved to complete the last buildings planned and initiated by the founders, the great San Francisco earthquake struck. This natural calamity destroyed or damaged many of the most outstanding campus structures—Memorial Arch, Memorial Main Quad, post earthquake (1906) Church, the Outer Quad, the nearly completed library and gymnasium, the vast additions to the museum, and the chemistry building.