Physics Building (now Herzstein Hall), Rice University

Cram, Goodhue & Ferguson

The eastern end of the Quadrangle with Herzstein Hall to the left (or north)

The south elevation of Herzstein Hall faces the Quad. Across from it, at right angles to Lovett Hall on the south is Sewall Hall, opened in 1971. Like Lovett Hall, this Physics building is Romanesque/Byzantine in style.
Like Lovett Hall, this physics building uses interesting asymmetries. One unit is comprised of 11 bays, with the ends emphasized by double Gothic pinnacles. Its central bay has a projecting balcony and the height of the arches is reduced as they move from the center. In addition, the heights of the marble panels beneath the second floor windows are different. The second three-bay structure at the west end, though an asymmetric addition, serves to anchor the "U" plan of Herzstein, Lovett, and Sewall Halls.
The architects here reduced the height to two stories (instead of the three of the Lovett Hall). The obvious roof is Spanish tile.

Views of Herzstein Hall from the Lovett Hall loggia; the loggia connecting Lovett and Herzstein Halls

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