Rice History Quiz

Don’t worry, it’s Pass/Fail.

1. What’s not here? There are (at least) two correct answers.

Cohen House side

2. A recent tour of the new Glasscock School building turned up a couple of examples of ingenious repurposing of materials that were already on campus. (Dumpster diving—I’m a big fan.) Where did they come from?

GSCS owl

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Bonus points for identifying the two amused alums.

3. What’s this all about?

What's this

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16 Responses to Rice History Quiz

  1. How can we answer without giving it away?

  2. Paul Engle says:

    I’ll take a stab at the first one and say the fifth floor of Allen Center. For the second, I assume we’re talking about the owl & the slab of marble, but I don’t recognize either to know whence they came. Three looks like math. Math is hard.

  3. Melissa Kean says:

    Yes, the fifth floor of Allen Center is one of the missing things in the first shot.
    And you get another point for making me laugh.

    • Hannes Hofer says:

      It is actually the fourth and the fifth floor of the Allen Center that’s missing. The fifth floor is really just the attic under the sloped roof.that has been partually built out.

  4. almadenmike says:

    For #3, I’ll guess that it’s a calculation relating to the incline/spacing of the seats in the lower bowl of Rice Stadium. (Half is shown, since it would be symmetric.)

  5. Helen L.-Toombs '79 says:

    Missing is the new “wing” of Cohen House. 2 alumni are Albert Kidd & Bill Barnett.

  6. almadenmike says:

    The Feb. 4. entry on the Glasscock School’s Facebook page shows the pair of owls guarding the entrance to its new building (https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10152179700517450&set=pcb.10152179702912450&type=1) … but not their origin.

  7. almadenmike says:

    Another thing missing in the Cohen House photo is the east entrance’s original curved canopy, part of a late-1950s addition designed by architects Hermon Lloyd (Rice ‘31) and W. B.Morgan. “In 1976 work was completed (that) … replaced Lloyd & Morgan’s side entrance canopy with a wide porte-cochère (as George Cohen had wanted to do as early as 1962) …” (p.9, “Robert and Agnes Cohen House, The Rice University Faculty Club” by Stephen Fox; a Rice Historical Society pulblication: http://ricehistoricalsociety.org/images/cornerstones/Cohen_booklet_F_W08.pdf‎)

  8. Tommy LaVergne says:

    I knew the answers to all of the above except the math and where the owl came from.
    Hannes– I lived in that Allen Center (5th floor) attic for about 20 years. Another thing missing in the Cohen House photo is the latest landscaping — flowers on the east side of the porte-cochere.

  9. Pat Martin says:

    Would parking lot barriers show in a current Cohen House photo from that spot?

  10. I think Sewall Hall is missing from the CoHo picture, also. I’m guessing the owls came from a mid-century project that has been heavily remodeled: science triplets, Library, old Wiess, or maybe the late lamented Art Barn, which would make sense if they were tied to Continuing Studies.

  11. Hanszenite says:

    For question two, those owls look like the ones found on the expansion to Baker by Hopkins Architects in 2010: http://www.hopkins.co.uk/projects/2/158/

    That expansion is horribly incongruous to Cram’s Baker (what was the campus architect thinking?) but I digress…

  12. David M. Bynog says:

    Those are my favorite owls on campus. You can see a very small photo taken several years ago of them in their natural habitat here: https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/8438085/Owls-Baker.jpg. This is one of the college additions that they tore down a few years ago near Baker and Will Rice, but I was always a bit confused as to which college the building was part of (and I thought that there were more owls than the ones that they situated in Baker College’s new area as shown in the Hopkins Architects site above). One of the rooms in the student center also has an extra one of these owls in the corner (unless he is one of the ones that flew over to the Glasscock School).

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