West Campus Aerial, June 1950

I wish the image were crisper, but I guess you can’t have everything.

This is a wonderful photo. At first I was entranced by the close-up view of Harris Gully being filled in, and I looked at that for a long time. Then I lifted my eyes up to towards the top and saw the old field house still standing and what I think is the Cullen building at Baylor College of Medicine. It wasn’t until I was finished looking at the old stadium that I noticed you can see the new gymnasium going up near the top left. (I was also quite interested to note that the intersection of Rice Boulevard and Greenbriar, which I struggle through every day, was already kind of messed up.)

And here’s a closer look at that gym construction, also sadly fuzzy but as far as I know the only such image, probably from August or September:

Bonus: Lab safety from Sammy.

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8 Responses to West Campus Aerial, June 1950

  1. Buddy Chuoke '75 says:

    Two huge athletic facilities going up at the same time. What a fabulous time to be a part of the Rice community.

  2. loki_the_bubba says:

    Speaking of the Cullen Building, the Alkek fountain was added in 1982. Here’s a picture for you of it being turned on.

    https://blogs.bcm.edu/2016/08/11/throwback-thursday-a-new-era/

  3. marmer01 says:

    Is this better? Just a little contrast and noise reduction. https://www.dropbox.com/s/nex7as40z11l0fz/aerial-west-campus-stadium-construction-june-1950.jpeg?dl=0

  4. nburch2 says:

    I can see the roof of our family home on Dryden. We neighborhood kids could be found most days somewhere out there playing that summer.

  5. grungy1973 says:

    Fat and skinny columns, before the upper deck was cast.

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