Cohen House crest, Rice Institute
A colored drawing showing the design for the Cohen House crest. A knotted gold-colored ribbon with the words "Aseret Hadiberot" (the Hebrew fifth commandment "honor your father and your mother") in Hebrew frames the shield which is divided into four quadrants. The emblems counterclockwise from the upper left quadrant are: an owl, a lamp, an owl, and a pair of gloved hands, with thumbs and index fingers touching and with a space between the middle and third fingers. The owls are grey (silver) on a blue background, the lamp and pair of hands are gold on a red background.
In the 1920’s George S. Cohen, a Houston business man and owner of Foley’s department store donated $125,000 to Rice University to build a faculty club in honor of his parents Robert I. and Agnes Cohen. The faculty club was officially opened at homecoming in November 1927. The building was enlarged in 1958 when the main dining room and terrace were added. The cost of this renovation, which was also funded by George S. and his wife Esther Cohen, was $260,000 and brought the size of the building from 7,100 square feet to 13,600 square feet. In 1976 a major renovation took place and in 1980 the Esther M. Cohen Memorial Garden and the fountain were dedicated. In 1983 the employee restrooms and locker rooms were renovated and the air-conditioning was updated. In 1985, crown molding and new wall coverings were added. In 1993 and 1994 more renovations took place to add wheelchair ramps as well as new club offices and restrooms. In 2006, further renovations replaced the ceiling in the dining room and placed early photographs of campus reprinted by Geoff Winningham from the original glass plate negatives.
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