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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View the finding aid for the entire Watkin collection at the Woodson Research Center, Fondren Library, Rice University.

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  • J. Virgil Scott house, Houston, Texas 

    Unknown author (Rice University, 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 (Rice University, 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 ...
  • Howard Hughes house, Houston, Texas 

    Unknown author (Rice University, 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 ...
  • M. L. Hurwitz house, Houston, Texas 

    Unknown author (Rice University, 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 (Rice University, 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 ...
  • J. Virgil Scott house, Houston, Texas 

    Unknown author (Rice University, 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 (Rice University, 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 ...
  • Howard Hughes house, Houston, Texas 

    Unknown author (Rice University, 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 ...
  • M. L. Hurwitz house, Houston, Texas 

    Unknown author (Rice University, 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 (Rice University, 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 ...