Centennial video series: Herzstein Hall arcade

David Ruth

Centennial video series: Herzstein Hall arcade
Rice University’s weekly centennial videos run through Oct. 12 

HOUSTON – (June 29, 2012) – In the early days of the Rice Institute, the most popular place on campus was the arcade – or walkway – between Herzstein Hall’s main building and its Hogwarts-like lecture hall. The arcade served as a place to socialize, but it’s also where many of the early photographs were taken on campus and where speakers addressed the Rice community. In 1925, U.S. President Herbert Hoover, who was then secretary of commerce, stood on the staircase and gave a talk to the assembled students and faculty.

Working with Centennial Historian Melissa Kean, video producer Brandon Martin takes a look at the Herzstein Hall arcade. For more information on 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.

The video, available on YouTube at http://youtu.be/tfkO0sjv-Z0, is also available to media in high quality and without music for editing purposes. For higher-quality video, contact David Ruth, director of national media relations at Rice, at david@rice.edu or 713-348-6327.


 To see other stories in the centennial video series, go to http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL60D6D71E71B66B3D&feature=plcp.

Located on a 300-acre forested campus in Houston, Rice University is consistently ranked among the nation’s top 20 universities by U.S. News & World Report. Rice has highly respected schools of Architecture, Business, Continuing Studies, Engineering, Humanities, Music, Natural Sciences and Social Sciences and is known for its “unconventional wisdom.” With 3,708 undergraduates and 2,374 graduate students, Rice’s undergraduate student-to-faculty ratio is 6-to-1. Its residential college system builds close-knit communities and lifelong friendships, just one reason why Rice has been ranked No. 1 for best quality of life multiple times by the Princeton Review and No. 4 for “best value” among private universities by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance. To read “What they’re saying about Rice,” go to www.rice.edu/nationalmedia/Rice.pdf.

About David Ruth

David Ruth is director of national media relations in Rice University's Office of Public Affairs.