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Stanford University David Rumsey’s Map Showroom

General Contractor



Palo Alto, CA


Noll & Tam Architects


Custom casework, slanted display enclosures, roll out drawers, shelving, hand rails, column wraps, hand rails

David Rumsey, world-renowned collector and owner of one of the largest North and South American map collections in the United States, committed to donate his physical and digital map collection to Stanford University.

ABOVE Drawers and glass detail

ABOVE Display Enclosures

Upon this agreement, Stanford dedicated a space in their library to showcase the amazing map collection, and Mission Bell created the custom millwork to optimize and appreciate the display. The center contains rare maps and atlases in addition to interactive, high-resolution screens for viewing digital cartography.

On this project, Mission Bell provided all the custom casework, wood column wraps, lockers, and handrails. Built from solid oak, the casework includes lighting, wire mesh cabinet doors, globe display cases, and more to showcase this incredible bequest.