Structure Type: built works - public buildings - schools - university buildings; built works - recreation areas and structures - gymnasiums

Designers: Bakewell and Brown, Architects (firm); John Bakewell Jr. (architect); Arthur Brown Jr. (architect)

Dates: constructed 1915, demolished 2004

1 story

Stanford, CA

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The San Francisco architectural partnership of Bakewell and Brown designed 25 buildings on the Stanford Campus, (counting the 1908 Double Houses as two separate buildings.) Encina Gymnasium served the men housed at nearby Encina Hall (1891), while Roble Gym (1931) served women living in Roble Hall #1 (1891, later renamed "Sequoia Hall" in c. 1917)

This one-story, buff-brick building occupied the southeast corner of the Galvez Street and Campus Drive intersection. Encina Gym occupied the site between Galvez and Arguello Street and was located relatively close to Campus Drive.

Multiple additions were made to the Encina Gym, one of which was built in 1925.

Demolished; Encina Gym was torn down during 05/2004 to make room for the Arrillaga Center for Sports and Recreation which was planned to open by summer 2005. Encina's demolition was completed by 06/2004. Many items were salvaged from the building for reuse in other contexts. According to Dandan Wu, writing in the Stanford University student newspaper, the Stanford Daily, demolition occurred for several reasons: "'Encina Gym was constructed of unreinforced brick masonry, which is not stable in a seismic event,' said Project Manager Mark Bonino. 'Therefore, a county ordinance in 2000 required closure of the building.' Besides safety, inefficiency stood out as the other major reason for demolition. According to Bonino, the school carefully investigated Encina’s use as a recreation center for the past 10 years and found that the inefficient floor layout and lack of high ceiling space did not allow for the gym to be used effectively. There was only one big gym room and too many locker rooms. In addition, several large posts hindered the practice of various sports such as martial arts." (See "Historic Encina Gym being torn down,"Accessed 02/14/2011.)

PCAD id: 12952