Friday Morning Follies: Spider Web

Just for fun, who can tell me which arch this is?

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The image is, naturally, undated and unlabeled. I’m guessing mid-7os, based on the shoes and I have no idea why they’re doing this.

Bonus: There’s been some interest in the door handles in yesterday’s classroom pictures. Here’s a Cram, Goodhue and Ferguson drawing of those handles.


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7 Responses to Friday Morning Follies: Spider Web

  1. Richard A. Schafer says:

    Those old doorknobs were always a favorite of mine. Always wondered why such fancy knobs were used and whether there was some background to the design choice. Never considered the possibility that Cram would have drawings of them, but I’m glad they exist.

  2. effegee says:

    Which arch? It appears to be looking in the direction of Main Street from the quad past the end of Sewall to Cohen House. Probably the first pair of arches on the cloister connecting Sewall immediately next to the end of the Lovett Hall cloister.

  3. marmer01 says:

    I agree with Farrell. First I thought it was Lovett looking past Physics because of the little balcony, but I think it’s by Sewall. I vaguely remember this project from the early 80’s, I think.

    • effegee says:

      I suspect the spider web was related to something in the Sewall Gallery. Installations there occasionally spill out into the lobby and courtyard.

      The balcony threw me at first, too, because I was trying to make it part of the building in the background. Then I remembered the white balconies and everything made sense.

      Of course, there is more than one pair of arches in that end of the cloister, so I could have the wrong one.

  4. Sandy Havens says:

    I remember that project as well. Several of the arches around the quad were filled with a transparent fabric pierced by various sized and shaped openings. Some of the arches were filled with geometric patterns such as the one pictured. A very interesting installation by a visiting artist whose name I do not recall.

  5. Richard A. Schafer says:

    Melissa, congratulations on the Meritorious Service Award from the Rice Alumni Association. A well-deserved honor!

  6. Bill Johnson 57-58 says:

    So the door plates were designed for Rice, made by SARGENT & CO., and used in more than one building. What care to detail. Not just picked from a catalog. Were these plates exclusive for Rice? Could Sargent sell the design to others? How many still exist and where? During remodelling were any removed?, Scrapped? Stored? And the biggest question, What is the significance and history of the Peacocks?

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