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EV Midrises

Five eight-story buildings named after Stanford professors, Abrams, Barnes, Hoskins, Hulme, and McFarland, rise above the trees in Escondido Village. Each building has 63 one-bedroom apartments for couples or two single students, and each apartment has a sliding glass door that opens onto a balcony. Lobbies, lounges, and other common spaces provide areas for social activities. These mid-rises were remodeled between 1997 and 2002.

History: Mid-rises and Stanford’s early faculty
Escondido Village’s mid-rise apartment towers were built of reinforced, textured concrete beginning in 1964 and were renovated between 1997 and 2002. Discreetly spaced throughout the grounds of Escondido Village, they were designed to contrast with the otherwise horizontal layout of the low-rise buildings.

Abrams honors Ephraim Douglas Abrams (1874 - 1956), who was associated with Stanford for more than 60 years, first as a Stanford undergraduate and graduate student, and later as a University professor of botany.

Because of his quiet disposition, Abrams wasn’t well known among fellow faculty members. However, his students affectionately knew him as “Father Abraham,” a name Abrams gave himself in a little joke.


One of Stanford’s first faculty members, Earl Barnes, came to the University in 1891 as a professor of education. Unconventional both in his life and research, Barnes explored such child development issues as color perception, religious consciousness, poetic instinct, and imaginary friends.

According to a story published in October 1894 in the San Francisco Chronicle, a survey Barnes conducted on children’s lies shocked “respectable” local mothers. Each insisted that “her child had never, never done such a thing in his life.” A few days later, the Stockton Mail printed this observation: “This (response) may be said to prove two things: first, that if the children do lie, they came naturally by the trait, and second, that Professor Barnes doesn’t know much about mothers.”

In 1897, Stanford President David Starr Jordan dismissed Barnes for apparently conducting a love affair. Consequently, Barnes spent his remaining career working as a freelance lecturer and writer.


Hoskins bears the name of Leander Hoskins (1860-1937), Stanford emeritus professor of applied mathematics. After earning advanced degrees in science and civil engineering from the University of Wisconsin, Hoskins taught at Stanford from 1892 through 1925.

His pioneering study on the flow of water in large pipes served as a point of departure from other studies, and his work on earthquake oscillations continued up until the time of his death. A memorial to Hoskins describes him as “careful, courteous, kindly, noted for his thoroughness and patience, intolerant only of sham and disorderly habits of thought.”


Hulme is named for Edward Maslin Hulme (b. 1868), one of Stanford’s first graduates, Dean of the College of Letters and Sciences, and Stanford professor emeritus of history. Born in England, Hulme arrived in the U.S. as a child and was forced, after just five years of schooling, to “take employment”, eventually as a shipping clerk.

Despite his lack of formal education, Hulme was passionate about history, literature, fine art, music, and theater. When he learned about the newly-opened Stanford University, Hulme convinced President David Starr Jordan to accept him as a student. After graduating from Stanford in 1897, Hulme taught high school, earning enough money to study further at Harvard, Cornell, and in Paris.

Hulme returned to Stanford in 1921 and taught history until 1937. Hulme wrote textbooks on English history and the Middle Ages, and his book on the Renaissance and Reformation was, for many years, the most popular text in the field. Hulme’s friendly and sympathetic interest in students endeared him to them, and enthusiasm for his scholarship attracted students from all departments of the University.


Frank Mace McFarland (1869-1951) played a leading role in organizing Stanford’s Hopkins Marine Biological Station in Pacific Grove, where he served as director and co-director. McFarland came to Stanford in 1892 as an instructor and graduate student of histology, and later received his Ph.D. from the University of Wurzburg, Germany.

The English country cottage that McFarland and his wife built in 1914 at 775 Santa Ynez Street (for $7,060.40) is on the National Register of Historic Places. In the study, McFarland kept his collection of sea slugs on shelves. The shelves are still in the house, although the smell of formaldehyde is gone.

General Information

Residence Name Abrams, Barnes, Hoskins, Hulme, McFarland
Neighborhood Escondido Village
Mailing Address Stanford, CA 94305
63 Abrams Court (apartment number)
74 Barnes Court (apartment number)
102 Hoskins Court (apartment number)
87 Hulme Court (apartment number)
109 McFarland Court (apartment number)
Front Desk
Escondido Village Housing Front Desk
Housing Category Graduate
Residence Type Apartments
Custodial Service Common areas are University managed. Apartments are not serviced while occupied.
Dining Service Kitchens provided; optional Stanford Dining or student-managed plan

The Apartments


Abrams Living Room

Midrise Living/Dining Room

Abrams Kitchen

Midrise Kitchen

Abrams Bedroom

Midrise Bedroom


Wheelchair accessible for living   Yes
Wheelchair accessible for visiting   Yes
Braille signage   In some mid-rise buildings
Additional information   Some apartments equipped with horn or strobe fire alarms, flashing doorbell


General Bedroom Living/Dining Kitchen
Cable TV capability Closet Coffee Table Electric Stove
Multiple high-speed internet connections Desk and chair Dining room table Oven
Telephone and telephone line Dresser Sofa Refrigerator/freezer
Wall-to-wall carpeting Mirror Two chairs Sink with garbage disposal
Window coverings Nightstand Two dining chairs  
  Queen bed or two extra-long twin beds    
  Two bookcases    
Note: All mid-rise apartments have one bedroom. When two single students are sharing, the living room may be converted into a second bedroom, separated from the kitchen by a privacy divider. In these cases, students often agree to switch places mid-year. Students who want to bring their own beds may store the University bed at their own expense. No storage is available for unneeded furniture. Students provide their own cookware, dishes, utensils, towels, and other kitchen items.

Sample Floor Plans

Top View

Common Areas

Lounges and Meeting Rooms  
Lounges in each mid-rise building include TVs and DVD/VCRs. In addition, mid-rise residents may reserve, without charge,  the Village Center, which is adjacent to the EV Administration building. The Village Center includes a kitchen, restrooms, tables and chairs, and a piano. Please visit the Escondido Village Housing Front Desk page for details on eligibility and the reservation process.
Laundry Rooms  
A laundry room in each mid-rise building is equipped with environmentally-friendly washers and dryers. Rent includes Student Housing’s "Just Like Home" laundry program, giving residents unlimited use of these washers and dryers; no coins or cards required.
Computer Clusters
Escondido Village has a computer cluster in Hulme on the 1st floor. Computer clusters are equipped with Macintosh and Dell computers, laser printers, and various software applications.
Piano Practice Rooms  
Students may reserve one of two practice pianos located in the Village Center and Cottage Room. If the room isn’t booked, students also may drop in at the EV Front Desk and pick up a key for the piano that same day. The key is due back by the following morning.
Escondido Village has tennis courts, a sand volleyball court between Buildings 117 and 124, and a paved volleyball court in the village center. Courts are available on a first-come, first-served basis.
Barbecue Area  
Barbecue grills and picnic tables near each mid-rise, and in the grove between Blackwelder and Building 4, are available on a first-come, first-served basis.


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