A Window And Some Trees

I ran across this photograph a couple of years ago and couldn’t immediately place it. It is, of course, the west side of Anderson Architecture and it was taken soon after the 1981 addition:

As soon as I figured it out I went over to look at it, wondering how I’d missed the off-center round window. Approaching from the back of the library it was immediately clear why:

So when I was on campus yesterday my heart leapt at this sight and I wiggled inside of the construction fence to get a picture, which I will file under “If You Hang Around Here Long Enough You’ll See Everything Twice”:

Sometimes you have to be quick, though, because another building might suddenly spring up. Cannady Hall soon to come.

Bonus: Now here’s a thing I’ve never seen before, the quad without cypresses. They were finally, mercifully, taken out, each one in its own particular state of  decay. They never really recovered from the freeze two winters ago and the planned renovation of the quad meant that there was no reason to replace them now (if ever).

Unexpectedly, I felt a little sad, partly because they’d been a reliable source of posts for such a long time. But honestly, 110 years of dying cypresses is enough. I’ll be interested to see what kind of scheme they’ll come up with for the remodel.

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6 Responses to A Window And Some Trees

  1. Matthew Noall says:

    I look forward to seeing your post after the remodel. Quad has a bit of a naked look at the moment

  2. Interesting. The trees were there 10 days ago!

  3. almadenmike says:

    The Swiss firm Karamuk Kuo Architects was chosen to design Cannady Hall: https://news2.rice.edu/2019/04/16/rice-architecture-announces-cannady-hall-2/

    Here’s a link to two seemingly conceptual photos on the Karamuk Kuo website of what it calls the Rice School of Architecture Extension: https://www.karamukkuo.com/project/2575#slide-0

    Are any more recent plans/photos been made public?

  4. Rachel Dvoretzky says:

    Bring back the dewberries.

  5. Paul Farmer says:

    Any photos since construction began in the fall?

  6. Stephen Atkinson says:

    I happen to include this particular face of Anderson Hall in some upcoming research, and I propose that the English architect, James Stirling created this delightfully asymmetrical composition as a face for young architects to-be to find. The composition is a very pleasing outward expression of a jumble of asymetrical halls behind. Bonus facts: I happened to be the design architect at a firm that designed the new Wiess and Hanszen dining halls in the 90’s. I tried to put the face of an owl on the tower beind the dining hall, but it was naturally beyond any bricklayer’s capacities (frown). My boss put an upper-case “H” for Hanszen on the front cortile of Hansen, again for people to find. in hindsight we should have put a lower case “n” to the far right.

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