Program History

Since Stanford in Washington opened its doors in 1988, it has served as both home and classroom to Stanford faculty and undergraduates spending a term in the Bing Stanford in Washington Program.

Art Gallery, Distance Learning Center and Guest Space

Over the years, Stanford programs, departments, and schools have become an active part of life at the Bass Center, sponsoring faculty talks and panel discussions, alumni gatherings, and student recruitment events. With the opening of the Sant Building in 2007, the opportunities for Stanford affiliates have expanded to include exhibits in the art gallery, bicoastal classes and conferences in the Boone Distance Learning Center, and additional guest space for faculty and students.

Stanford in Washington and the Bing Stanford in Washington Program are at the heart of the University's myriad activities in the nation's capital. Whether you are a student interested in applying to the Bing Program or a member of the faculty heading to Washington for research, we invite you to explore the Bass Center, the Sant Building and our programs.

1988: The Bass Center

In 1988, Stanford University purchased a property at the intersection of Connecticut Avenue and Woodley Road in Northwest Washington. With funds generously provided by Anne T. (MLA ’07) and Robert M. Bass (MBA ’74), the venue would become Stanford in Washington’s home. 

2005: The Sant Building

In 2005 Stanford University broke ground on the renovation and expansion of the building adjacent to the main building. Victoria, ’61, and Roger Sant made this expansion possible. The Sant Building houses our Stanford in Washington Art Gallery as well as the Distance Learning Center.

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