In 1910, as construction was set to begin on the first buildings at Rice, the architects of Cram Goodhue and Ferguson sent Albert Curtis Perry to Houston to serve as Clerk of the Works. In that capacity he was required to be on the job site day in and day out, acting as overseer and Rice’s representative with the contractor. Perry was already experienced at the job, having worked in the same capacity at West Point. Like Wilmer Waldo, who was in charge of the topographical and drainage aspects of site preparation, Perry was a Princeton man, a 1905 graduate with a degree in Civil Engineering. He only stayed on this assignment for about a year, leaving Houston in the middle of 1911 to oversee the construction of the Graduate College at Princeton.
I got these photos and quite a few others from Perry’s great grandson, Stan Bullington. I am extremely grateful to him for sending them to us. My favorite wasn’t taken on campus, but rather on the way there:
He’s a great kid, polite and friendly. I hope he tears it up.