Fearing aftershocks from the 1906 San Francisco Earthquake, many students camped in tents outside dormitories, including Encina Hall. The quake, which hit the Bay Area at 5:12 a.m. on April 18, caused more than $2 million of damage at Stanford and killed two people. Among other structures, the new library and gym were destroyed, and Memorial Church and the Memorial Arch at the front of the Quad were badly damaged.
The earthquake sent the statue of geologist Louis Agassiz plunging into the concrete below. But, when the statue was extricated from the ground the only damage was to its nose, which was refastened.
Stanford students and faculty members organized to help victims, particularly in San Francisco, where fires were destroying much of the city. Based at "Camp Stanford," volunteers helped distribute food and clothing, while Memorial Church's Rev. Charles Gardner served as cook in a sidewalk kitchen. Meanwhile, meetings took place in Palo Alto and on campus to distribute information, request volunteers, and recruit homeowners to welcome refugees fleeing the fires and devastation. 📷: Stanford University Archives, Robert Moran #TBT