William M. Rice Institute, proposed general plan of campus
AuthorCram, Goodhue, and Ferguson
Proposed general plan of Rice Institute campus. Note row of faculty housing at North end of campus (right side of drawing). Created by the New York office of Cram, Goodhue and Ferguson. Watkin consulted on the general plan and oversaw the construction of the first campus buildings.
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.