Baker Hall (architect: Hammond, Beeby, and Babka) includes exterior and interior ornament designed and fabricated by Bloomer Studio. Flanking the main doorway are three columns, topped by capitals of Indiana limestone depicting cheerful students, a pensive scholar, and a formidable statesman. Several thin colonettes with Bloomer-designed capitals frame the front entryway. Pilaster capitals composed of linear foliation and multiple spirals, and based on a mid-eastern precedent, demarcate and emphasize the corners to the building. Handmade aluminum wall sconces illuminate the main doorways. The light fixtures incorporate winged helmets, delicate hand-cut aluminum leaves, and the face of an owl (a symbol of Rice University).
For Baker Hall’s large atrium court, Bloomer Studio created a series of hand-stenciled acoustic fabric wall panels mounted on balconies surrounding the atrium. Symbolizing a gradual progression from earth to sky, dark green spirals fade to a white background, lit up by a grid of bright red embers.
Baker Hall, Rice University