Rice Institute campus, construction of Administration Building, 1910
Rice campus, worker sawing board for construction of Administration Building (Lovett Hall). Original photo numbered [I/30]. Possibly taken by William Ward Watkin as Supervising Architect.
Architect William Ward Watkin (1886-1952) served as the first Supervising Architect for Rice Institute, overseeing the construction of the first campus buildings. Watkin also taught in Rice's Architecture Dept. and designed many Houston buildings such as the original Museum of Fine Arts, Houston building, the original downtown Houston Public Library building (now known as the Julia Ideson Building), and many notable residences. His daughter Ray Watkin Strange is a philanthropist and generous donor to Rice University.