Sunday, February 20, 2011

Rice University, Houston, Texas

Rice University, an arborist's oasis in the museum district of Houston, combines spectacular regional architecture with perhaps the nation's best preserve of southern live oak trees. These beautiful evergreens dominate the campus ambience. The Lynn R. Lowrey Arboretum, consisting of more than 4000 trees and shrubs (giving birth to the legend that Rice has a tree for every student), is spread throughout the campus.

It is reminiscent of Swarthmore College, Haverford College, and Vanderbilt University, whose campuses are conferred with national arboretum designations. The campus opened in 1912 with Lovett Hall. Nearly every building on campus is Byzantine in style, with sand and pink-colored bricks, large archways and columns.

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