Fighting Owls: Rice Stadium and Modernism at Rice University
by Ben Koush
The Heritage Society Tea Room
Free for members, $5 for non-members
During the postwar years, Rice underwent a radical change. Under the leadership of a new President and Board composed of Houston’s emerging business elite, the university embarked on a fifteen-year building campaign that radically transformed its architectural character. Their biggest project was the muscular 70,000-seat Rice Stadium, designed by Lloyd & Morgan with Milton McGinty, a firm run by alums. Architect and historian Ben Koush, of Ben Koush Associates, will discuss the impact of the Rice stadium as an uncompromisingly modernist structure in a tradition-bound institution, and one of Houston’s finest postwar monuments. Koush is the author of a forthcoming book on the work of Lloyd, Morgan & Jones.