I spotted this hanging on the wall in the architecture school today:
I’m overflowing with ideas. I suggest going old school this year! How about a reprise of the 1947 party, whose theme was “L’ Aveidem? ”
What the heck is “L’ Aveidem,” you’re probably asking. I had no idea either so I went looking through the 1947 Thresher and came up with this:
Romanesque castles–I’m a big fan. I think they need to do this.
What is “the Hall” … in which the Thresher article says this L’Aveidem event was held?
And what is the story behind that huge clock-topped “Our Absent Brothers” structure that’s visible in the top-right of the second photo above? Does is reside somewhere on campus today?
(The inscription to the left and right of the clock appear to say: “THE FAULTS OF OUR BROTHERS WE WRITE ON THE SAND” and “THEIR VIRTUES (?UPON?) THE TABLETS OF LOVE AND MEMORY.” “Fidelity” and Charity” appear to be written outside the 12 and 6 placed of the clock; I can’t discern the words outside the 3 and 9 spots.
Those quotes appear to be associated with the Elks Lodge. So I will guess this might be the old Lodge at the corner of Crawford and Walker. I haven’t found many pictures of the interior yet to match this photo.
I see now a front page article in the Feb. 13, 1960, Thresher (https://scholarship.rice.edu/bitstream/handle/1911/66256/thr19600213.pdf?sequence=1) that said “The Archi-Arts Ball began as a small undertaking and in its early days was held in such places as State Guard Armory, Junior League, and Elks Hall.”
The Jan. 25, 1952, Thresher (https://scholarship.rice.edu/bitstream/handle/1911/66008/thr19520125.pdf?sequence=1) said that the 1951 Archi-Arts was held at Temple Emanu-el … but drew such a large crowd (~1,000) that “..(t)o take care of an anticipated larger crowd this year, the Plantation Club, having one of the largest dance floors in town, has been selected as the site of the lavish affair.
FTR, the theme of the lavish 1952 Archi-Arts was “Emporer of Ice Cream.”