Although I often walk across campus with my mind drifting around in years other than the one in which I happen to live, sometimes I forget big things about how we used to operate around here. I was reminded of this last week when I ran across two photographs taken in the Physics Amphitheater over three decades apart. I am unashamed to say that I love this room and the building that it’s in. What I hadn’t ever considered was that for many years it was the biggest room on campus—it was built to seat about 300 people—and thus the default space for events of all kinds. Public lectures, of course, were commonly held here but all sorts of other things went on in this venerable room. A few weeks ago, for example, I posted a picture of Dr. Lovett giving a matriculation speech there
But here’s something completely different—a pep rally in the fall of 1929:
On a more scholarly note, I believe this is the address of John Lyon Reid, who was awarded Rice’s Medal of Honor for Architecture at the semi-centennial celebration in 1962:
I’ve never seen a photo of events like these in the Chem Lecture Hall, but I don’t know why not. Sometimes it’s just chance what survives.
Bonus: Be the best that you can be.