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I haven't seen this mansion posted so I thought I would share my findings.

Another legendary piece of by the "star architect" William Ward Watkin.

Harry C. Wiess was one of the founders of Humble Oil Co. This mansion would have been so lavish!

Fun fact: In 1930 Harry Wiess moved to the Stablewood area off North Post Oak Lane and Memorial Drive.  The mansion here at 2 Sunset was such a better house, in my opinion.  I believe the sacrifice was all that land they got with the new home. It was like 150+ acres whereas the 2 Sunset house was probably only an acre or two lot.


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This has been used as the residence of Rice's president since 2004. Prior to that it had been vacant for 25 years. It was renovated in 2003 before the president moved in, and currently some additional, comparatively minor renovations related to accessibility and sustainability are wrapping up.

Rice University Wiess House

President’s house construction nears completion

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