Transformation, 1946 to 1956

Just as a reminder, here’s what Rice looked like from the air in 1946:

Aerial oversized 1946

Here’s another great shot from 1946, showing how near the edge of town we were even at this relatively late date:

Aerial 1946

Rummaging through the oversize box, I also found this aerial, which was taken ten years later:

Aerial 1956 oversize 2

The transformation of the western part of campus was so sudden and so thorough it’s almost shocking. Understandably, we don’t have very many images of the wildness that lasted so long out there and then just vanished. I do have a few, though, which were graciously shared with us by the Garcia family, all taken on campus between 1946 and 1948. It’s a profoundly different world.

Emilia Y Garcia and Socorro Y Garcia 1948 at Rice InstituteLeon at RiceSergio Leon Yanez Garcia 1946Sergio Leon Yanez Garcia ca 1947 at Rice

Bonus: The Parkings Gods Giveth and the Parking Gods Taketh Away.


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8 Responses to Transformation, 1946 to 1956

  1. marmer01 says:

    You can see the pony track really well on the 1946 image (just to the left of the stands) and the 1956 image, too.

  2. marmer01 says:

    Oh, and in the parking lot picture: notice how the palette of color is limited to silver, gray, blue, white, and red. If you look at similar photos from the ’60s and ’70s there is a much greater variation of greens, yellows, oranges, browns, medium blues, purples, and tans in auto colors. (interiors, too, instead of today’s blacks, grays, and tans.)

  3. James Medford says:

    The construction of the “new sections” of Hanszen, Will Rice, and Baker Colleges, as well as the Hanszen and Will Rice commons, can be seen in the 1956 aerial.

  4. mjthannisch says:

    Interesting comment on car colours. I remember back in 1976 I was working on a sprinkler system for an inter mural field near Kyle Field. At least 90% of the cars were maroon and white.

  5. Wolfgang says:

    These images are priceless. I have enjoyed my time at Rice even more due to your work. I love to walk around our campus imagining the old times…

  6. almadenmike says:

    In the 1946 photo, there’s a more-or-less grid of several hundred plants visible in an area to the right of and down from the Mech Lab (Campanile) and up from and to the right of Lovett Hall … about where McMurtry College is now. What were they? Those plants are not visible in the 1956 photo.

    (Some WWII-era Threshers mention a on-campus Victory Garden, which students hoped would improve their commons-food fare. But they said it was behind the chemistry building, not this would-be-McMurtry location.)

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