A.C. Perry, Clerk of the Works

Perry is the short one. Please don't ask me who the tall one is.

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.

While he was here he took pictures. Here is one of the most interesting. It is, obviously, very, very early:

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:

Bonus: A.C. Perry’s great-great grandson, Nick Bullington, is a freshman baseball player at Rice this year. He graciously, if a bit bemusedly, sat still for me to take his picture this afternoon.

He’s a great kid, polite and friendly. I hope he tears it up.




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3 Responses to A.C. Perry, Clerk of the Works

  1. Matt Noall says:

    An interesting photo. Curious that he is riding an Indian. I’ll refer non-motorcycle folks (like me) to the movie “World’s Fastest Indian”

  2. I thought that was interesting too, and I agree, “The World’s Fastest Indian” was a great movie.

  3. Barney L. McCoy says:

    In this time frame the Indian was considered superior to the Harley Davidson and the equal of the Triumph. The motorcycle on which I learned to ride was a late 40s Indian owned by a friend’s older brother ( I was 13 and it was 1958). After I started doing personal injury work and came to realize how dangerous it was, I stopped riding motorcycles.

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