The View From the West Side of the Physics Building

You almost never see it in pictures. I guess it’s kind of an in-between place and not especially scenic. People pose in front of Lovett Hall but not there so much. The other day, though, I stumbled across a picture that someone took from an odd angle between the building and the old road. It took me a moment to understand what it was. The photo was taken facing across the quad, at some difficult to determine time. We can see Cohen House and Palmer Church, so it has to be at least the late ’20s, but otherwise it’s tough to pin down. The state of the hedges might be the best clue. I’ll look carefully when I get back to Houston.

Here’s roughly the same view today:

The manhole cover seems to be in the same place, but now it’s flush with the ground. That strikes me as a significant improvement.

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6 Responses to The View From the West Side of the Physics Building

  1. James Medford says:

    Great article in yesterday’s Houston Chronicle, by the way.

  2. Melissa Kean says:

    I was very happy that my hair looked cute in the picture!

  3. Not sure where to ask this, but I seem to remember in HAIF some discussion of an aerial photo of the campus which showed a small “cottage” between the back of the Physics building and the inner loop road. Probably circa 1940. There was also discussion of an eariler (c. 1920) aerial which seemed to show a rail spur for coal deliveries to the Power Plant. I’ve wondered about those for a while. Do you have any more information about those?

  4. Melissa, you are the best. You hear me? THE BEST. I don’t care what anyone says. Unless they say you are the best, and then I say “I agree!”

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