This series covers both Watkin's time at Rice and his private practice. Watkin first came to Rice in 1910, as an employee of the architecture firm Cram, Goodhue and Ferguson. He oversaw the construction of the Administration Building, the Mechanical Laboratory and Power Plant, and a Residential Group, the first buildings on the campus. Then, Watkin went on to design and supervise the building of other structures on campus. Most of the materials in the sub-series, Rice Institute, are photographic but there are some textual materials. The sub-series Private Practice incorporates many projects Watkin undertook outside of his career at Rice. These papers include correspondence with clients and drawings of projects.

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  • Museum of Fine Arts, Houston 

    Schlueter, Frank (1920)
  • J. Virgil Scott house, Houston, Texas 

    (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 

    (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 ...
  • W.A. Priddie house, Houston, Texas 

    (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 ...
  • M. L. Hurwitz house, Houston, Texas 

    (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 ...
  • Howard Hughes house, Houston, Texas 

    (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 ...
  • John G. Logue house, Houston, Texas 

    (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 ...
  • Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Texas 

    (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 ...
  • N. T. Masterson house, Houston, Texas 

    (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 ...
  • Harry C. Wiess house, Houston, Texas 

    (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 

    (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 ...
  • E. W. Gruendler house, Houston, Texas 

    (1940)
    Black and white photograph of the E. W. Gruendler 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 ...
  • F. A. Heitman house, Houston, Texas 

    (1940)
    Black and white photograph of the F. A. Heitman 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 ...
  • Dr. E. M. Armstrong house, Houston, Texas 

    (1940)
    Black and white photograph of the Dr. E. M. Armstrong 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. ...
  • Chemistry Laboratory Rice University, Houston, Texas 

    (1940)
    Black and white photograph of the Chemistry Laboratory Rice University. William Ward Watkin was the supervising architect for the construction of the Rice Institute, and he founded the Department of Architecture for the ...
  • Houston Public Library, Houston, Texas 

    (1940)
    Black and white photograph of the Houston Public Library. 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 ...
  • YWCA, Galveston, Texas 

    (1940)
    Black and white photograph of the YWCA, Galveston, Texas. 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 ...
  • Windward Court apartments, Houston, Texas 

    (1940)
    Black and white photograph of the Windward Court apartments. William Ward Watkin was the supervising architect for the construction of the Rice Institute, and he founded the Department of Architecture for the Institute. ...

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