The original Palo Alto Hospital, Hoover Pavilion is part of a massive, years-long expansion of the Stanford University Medical Center, which also includes Stanford Hospitals and Clinics.
It is unclear when the Pavilion's original finial -- think a wedding-cake topper -- was removed. Speculation is that it was taken down during WWII so that officials could melt what they thought to be a copper architectural finish, according to a project spokesperson. However, it didn't turn out to be copper after all.
The finial added on Tuesday is a replica.
The restoration project has preserved the building's historic facade and included modernization of the interior. The facility at 211 Quarry Road will house community physicians and Stanford Hospital clinics as well as the Stanford Health Library.
Hoover Pavilion will open to patients on Dec. 17. A public open house has been scheduled for Dec. 6 at 10 a.m.