One of the most iconic and photographed buildings in Houston is named for the first president of Rice University, Edgar Odell Lovett. Originally called the Administration Building, Lovett Hall was the first academic building at the new Rice Institute when it opened in 1912 and was also home to Lovett’s personal office on the fourth floor. Lovett was appointed president in 1907 and retired in the 1940s, but he maintained an office in Lovett Hall until his death in 1957 at the age of 86. His desk belongings were boxed and stored in the Rice archives.
Working with Centennial Historian Melissa Kean, video producer Brandon Martin takes a look at Lovett’s historic office. To learn more about Rice’s history, visit Kean’s blog at www.ricehistorycorner.com.
To help celebrate the university’s centennial Oct. 12, Rice University is producing weekly videos exploring the school’s unique history.
To see other stories in the centennial video series, go here.
In April, a panoramic picture of Lovett Hall won first place in the “Celebrate Rice” photo contest held by the university’s Glasscock School of Continuing Studies. Neil Martin of West University Place received a $1,000 prize for his entry in the contest, which was held in conjunction with Rice’s centennial year.