I saw the following aerial photos on Melissa Kean's blog about the history of Rice University. (Melissa is Rice's resident historian.) The first was taken in 1931 and shows West University before it was developed. I've added annotations to help with orientation.
This next photo was taken 19-years later (winter of 1950), when Brown & Root built today's Rice Stadium in 9 months. It opened in time for Rice's first home game of the season against Santa Clara in late September.
The area around the campus has started to look more like it does today, although the block along Greenbriar is fairly empty. Christ The King Lutheran Church is now in that spot.