These papers detail the academic and architectural career of William Ward Watkin, first Supervising Architect for Rice University and later Chair of the Architecture Department. Included in the collection are personal information, business correspondence, construction photographs and architectural drawings of the early Rice Institute, and drawings of projects from his private architectural career.

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  • Texas state Architect certificate for William Ward Watkin 

    Unknown author (1937)
    Texas state Architect certificate, embossed with seal of the Texas Board of Architectural Examiners. William Ward Watkin was the supervising architect for the construction of the Rice Institute, and he founded the Department ...
  • Drawing of transverse section of Santa Maria Dei Miracola, Italy 

    Unknown author (1908)
    Color drawing of transverse section of Santa Maria Dei Miracola. William Ward Watkin was the supervising architect for the construction of the Rice Institute, and he founded the Department of Architecture for the Institute. ...
  • The Gables boarding house, Houston, Texas 

    Unknown author (1910)
    Black and white photograph of the The Gables boarding house. William Ward Watkin was the supervising architect for the construction of the Rice Institute, and he founded the Department of Architecture for the Institute. ...
  • William Ward Watkin's dorm room at University of Pennsylvania 

    Unknown author (1908)
    Black and white photograph of the Watkins room at University of Pennsylvania. William Ward Watkin was the supervising architect for the construction of the Rice Institute, and he founded the Department of Architecture for ...
  • Marriage certificate of William Ward Watkin and Annie Ray Townsend 

    Unknown author (1914)
    Marriage Certificate of William Ward Watkin and Annie Ray Townsend. William Ward Watkin was the supervising architect for the construction of the Rice Institute, and he founded the Department of Architecture for the ...
  • Drawing of the façade of Santa Maria Della ABCDolia, Italy 

    Unknown author (1908)
    Color drawing of the façade of Santa Maria Della ABCDolia. William Ward Watkin was the supervising architect for the construction of the Rice Institute, and he founded the Department of Architecture for the Institute. He ...
  • Watkin family residence, Danville, Pennsylvania 

    Unknown author (1885)
    Black and white photograph of the Watkin residence Danville PA. William Ward Watkin was the supervising architect for the construction of the Rice Institute, and he founded the Department of Architecture for the Institute. ...
  • Confirmation in the Episcopal Church certificate for William Ward Watkin 

    Unknown author (1899)
    Certificate of Confirmation in the Episcopal Church. William Ward Watkin was the supervising architect for the construction of the Rice Institute, and he founded the Department of Architecture for the Institute. He had a ...
  • J. Virgil Scott house, Houston, Texas 

    Unknown author (1940)
    Black and white photograph of the J. Virgil Scott house. William Ward Watkin was the supervising architect for the construction of the Rice Institute, and he founded the Department of Architecture for the Institute. He had ...
  • Trinity Church tower, Houston, Texas 

    Unknown author (1940)
    Black and white photograph of the Trinity Church tower. William Ward Watkin was the supervising architect for the construction of the Rice Institute, and he founded the Department of Architecture for the Institute. He had ...
  • Architectural Society University of Pennsylvania certificate for William Ward Watkin 

    Unknown author (1907)
    Certificate from the Architectural Society University of Pennsylvania. William Ward Watkin was the supervising architect for the construction of the Rice Institute, and he founded the Department of Architecture for the ...
  • American Institute of Architects certificate for William Ward Watkin 

    Unknown author (1949)
    Certificate from American Institute of Architects. William Ward Watkin was the supervising architect for the construction of the Rice Institute, and he founded the Department of Architecture for the Institute. He had a ...
  • W.A. Priddie house, Houston, Texas 

    Unknown author (1940)
    Black and white photograph of the W.A. Priddie house. William Ward Watkin was the supervising architect for the construction of the Rice Institute, and he founded the Department of Architecture for the Institute. He had a ...
  • N. T. Masterson house, Houston, Texas 

    Unknown author (1940)
    Black and white photograph of the N. T. Masterson house. William Ward Watkin was the supervising architect for the construction of the Rice Institute, and he founded the Department of Architecture for the Institute. He had ...
  • M. L. Hurwitz house, Houston, Texas 

    Unknown author (1940)
    Black and white photograph of the M. L. Hurwitz house. William Ward Watkin was the supervising architect for the construction of the Rice Institute, and he founded the Department of Architecture for the Institute. He had ...
  • John G. Logue house, Houston, Texas 

    Unknown author (1940)
    Black and white photograph of the John G. Logue house. William Ward Watkin was the supervising architect for the construction of the Rice Institute, and he founded the Department of Architecture for the Institute. He had ...
  • Howard Hughes house, Houston, Texas 

    Unknown author (1940)
    Black and white photograph of the Howard Hughes house. William Ward Watkin was the supervising architect for the construction of the Rice Institute, and he founded the Department of Architecture for the Institute. He had ...
  • Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Texas 

    Unknown author (1940)
    Black and white photograph of the Museum of Fine Arts. William Ward Watkin was the supervising architect for the construction of the Rice Institute, and he founded the Department of Architecture for the Institute. He had ...
  • Harry C. Wiess house, Houston, Texas 

    Unknown author (1940)
    Black and white photograph of the Harry C. Wiess house. William Ward Watkin was the supervising architect for the construction of the Rice Institute, and he founded the Department of Architecture for the Institute. He had ...
  • South Texas Commercial National Bank, Houston, Texas 

    Unknown author (1940)
    Black and white photograph of the South Texas Commercial National Bank. William Ward Watkin was the supervising architect for the construction of the Rice Institute, and he founded the Department of Architecture for the ...

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