Hometown Glory

Beer, nudity and modern art: A new book showcases the best of Rice's 100 years

One hundred years ago, the first Rice University students made their way to a tiny cluster of Spanish revival buildings surrounded by dirt and pre-air conditioning Houston weather. A century later, HIWI: Rice looks back at iconic images from the school's first 100 years.

The book is the third from the people behind the Houston: It's Worth It campaign and encouraged photo submissions from alumni and community members.

Here are some of the striking images captured in the book.

Pictured: Lovett Hall, Rice's administration building and architectural centerpiece, is one of the original buildings on campus — its cornerstone was laid in March 1912.

Photo submitted by Jackson Myers, 2006

Yes, there's a club for that: Twice a month, on the 13th and 26th or 31st of every month, members of Baker 13 run around campus completely nakes, except for some well-placed shaving cream. Sometimes they even break windows.

Photo submitted by Jim Caldwell, early 1970s

The James Turrell "Twilight Epiphany" Skyspace opened to the public on June 14, 2012, with a sunset light show.

Photo submitted by Andrew McCullough, 2012

Beer is a central part of most students' college experience, but not every university can boast not one but two on-campus bars (including Valhalla, pictured) and a signature event holiday — Beer Bike — dedicated to the brew. No wonder Rice students have gone on to found not one but two Houston breweries.

Photo submitted by Jim Caldwell, early 1970s

Contrary to Rice lore, there's no rule in the by-laws that requires as many trees as students on campus. But that doesn't mean Rice doesn't have its share of natural beauty, including this field of bluebonnets and Indian paintbrushes near Wiess College.

Photo submitted by Claudia Casbarian, 2011

KTRU, the Rice student-run radio station, started in the basement of Hanszen residential college in 1967. In 1991, the station expanded its audience to the entire Houston area with a 50,000 watt transmitter before the broadcast license and tower were controversially sold to the University of Houston in 2010.

Photo submitted by Jim Caldwell, early 1970s

Jaume Plensa "Mirror" art installation

Photo submitted by Sandy Grimm, 2012

Rice's famous hedges at the corner of Main Street and Sunset Boulevard.

Photo submitted by Sandy Grimm, 2009