Herman Brown, portrait

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Title: Herman Brown, portrait
Author: Gittings Photography
Abstract: Herman Brown (1892-1962), of Brown and Root, Inc., was a Texas entrepreneur known for projects such as building roads and bridges, the Mansfield Dam in Austin, the football stadium at Rice University, and much more. He and his brother, George R. Brown, collaborated to found the Brown Shipbuilding Company in 1942. Brown and Root was widely known during the 1950s and 1960s for constructing United States air and naval bases (in Spain, France, and Guam) and roads, dams, bridges, petrochemical plants, and large offshore drilling platforms. In 1961 the company won the planning contract for the $200 million Manned Spacecraft Center in Houston. In December 1962 the Halliburton Company of Dallas purchased Brown and Root, which continues to operate under its own name. (excerpted from "BROWN, HERMAN," Handbook of Texas Online (, accessed October 01, 2012. Published by the Texas State Historical Association.)
Description: Black and white photograph of Herman Brown, Texas entrepreneur and benefactor of the William M. Rice Institute.
Subject: Brown, Herman, 1892-1962
William M. Rice Institute--Buildings
Football stadiums--Texas--Houston
Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center
Brown & Root, Inc.
Rice University--History
Citation: "Herman Brown, portrait," 1960. Rice University,
Date: 1960

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