The Eagle Avenue Trolley Stop, Then and Now

Due to a multi-generational family housing situation of nearly baroque complexity, Mr. Rice History Corner and I are temporarily living in an apartment downtown. It’s definitely a mixed bag but one of the nice things about it is that my commute to work is much easier: Fannin straight down to Rice’s main entrance.

After the first couple of trips I started eyeing a building on the north side of the street where it intersects with Eagle. I’ve known for a long time that the place where Rice students got the trolley to campus was around there somewhere, roughly where the Sears building sits today. But as I looked at this other building I started to wonder if it might in fact be the exact location.

So let’s compare and contrast. Here’s what I see today:


And here’s a picture from the scrapbook of Adele Waggaman, ’16, labeled “Eagle Ave. Take Car Here for Rice”:

Eagle Ave take car here for Rice c1916 Waggaman

Same building? I think so.

Bonus: I saw this on a door in the Shepherd School. I have mixed feelings.


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6 Responses to The Eagle Avenue Trolley Stop, Then and Now

  1. mjthannisch says:

    Is that the Fire Sale building that used to have the barber’s college?

  2. Karen Shelton says:

    Mixed feelings about the owl, or striding purposefully?

  3. marmer01 says:

    There are at least a couple more teaching studio doors at Alice Pratt Brown Hall that express similar sentiments.

  4. rbrazile says:

    The window pattern is the same; I think you’re right.

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