Rice University to Demolish Former Museum Building

Rice University, Houston, has announced plans to demolish its Martel Center, reports Robin Pogrebin of the New York Times. Originally known as the Rice Museum, the building was commissioned by John and Dominique de Menil in 1969 upon the founding of the Institute for the Arts at Rice. The structure’s corrugated-metal style is said to have inspired Houston’s “tin house” movement, which began in the area in the 1970s. The university has not yet released a demolition date.