Author Archives: Melissa Kean

Radiant Enclosure, 1961

Another mystery solved, once again by a valued colleague. On December 24th I  posted this image of George and Alice Pratt Brown on Christmas Eve, 1976: I’ve looked wistfully at this photograph for many years, wishing I could see the … Continue reading

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I’ve Been Looking For A Fitting Way To Start 2021

So how about a picture of some architects trying to teach a puppy to smoke? I’ll concede that’s probably not what they’re doing but if you’ve spent any time with architecture students you know it’s not impossible either. No date … Continue reading

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View From Cohen House, 1940 Plus Some Thoughts On Those Big Trees

It’s pretty quiet around here right now and with time on my hands I somehow found myself leafing through the 1940 Campanile, hoping for a photograph of Cohen House around the time our predecessors acquired the radio/phonograph they inaugurated at … Continue reading

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“The owner is always proud to demonstrate his Farnsworth,” Christmas 1940

December, 1940 was a busy time at Cohen House and the Christmas dance marked the arrival of some long awaited and wonderful now-obsolete technology: I knew exactly what would happen if I googled “Farnsworth radio and phonograph.” It would turn … Continue reading

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“Bet You Never Even Knew When I Stole It,” Christmas, 1991

For many years before Rice began offering degrees in Art, students who were artistically inclined tended to flock to the Architecture Department for their undergraduate studies. Some of these students became practicing architects, others never did. One of those who … Continue reading

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“A Facilities and Engineering Christmas, ” 1997

I found this buried somewhere down deep in Dean Currie’s papers. Some of the rascals mentioned are gone, but others are still around: Bonus: I’ve had some great times with Nancy Rowe and Roy Perez over the years. I’m not … Continue reading

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Is This Rice’s First Black Coach?

Believe it or not, no one was keeping track at the time so it’s extremely difficult to know for sure. This photograph was taken in the spring of 1972. That’s McCoy McLemore in between head basketball coach Don Knodel and … Continue reading

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“The Latest and Best of Everything,” Rice Stadium, 1950

There was a nice article about Rice Stadium in the Houston Chronicle last week, celebrating the 70th anniversary of that elegant structure. While it was being built it was the talk of the town, an exciting development for the city … Continue reading

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A Bit More From the Houston Country Club, 1938

The post about Will Rice and the Houston Country Club drew enough emails to merit another look at the 1938 booklet printed by the club on the occasion of its thirtieth anniversary. I confess that the first time around I … Continue reading

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“A few timely comments from Mr. Wm. M. Rice,” 1938

I was looking for something in the Woodson vault the other day, and I mean I was really looking, trying to find something specific that wasn’t in any obvious place. I was looking so intently that I wedged myself into … Continue reading

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