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”:
Same building? I think so.
Bonus: I saw this on a door in the Shepherd School. I have mixed feelings.
Is that the Fire Sale building that used to have the barber’s college?
I believe it is.
Mixed feelings about the owl, or striding purposefully?
It’s the striding. I see the point but I also spend a lot of time wandering not quite aimlessly.
There are at least a couple more teaching studio doors at Alice Pratt Brown Hall that express similar sentiments.
The window pattern is the same; I think you’re right.