Before the first building for the new Rice Institute could be built, the school’s first president, Edgar Odell Lovett, was dealing with one of his first challenges: how to develop a campus of nearly 300 acres that had five sides. After much analyzing of different plans presented, Lovett settled on a plan by New York and Boston architects Cram, Goodhue and Ferguson, which would move the institute forward. Over time Rice has made adjustments to the original planning, but it stayed mostly true to the founders’ vision.
Working with Centennial Historian Melissa Kean, video producer Brandon Martin takes a look at Rice’s land use and master plan. 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. To see other stories in the centennial video series, go to www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL60D6D71E71B66B3D&feature=plcp.