”Smith Hall, a building located within the University of Kansas’ East Historic District, is now a ‘contributing’ property within the district … We hope KU pivots and chooses to preserve Smith Hall,” Tom Harper writes in this column.
“Recent actions by KU administrators have left many wondering how much the current KU leadership values historic buildings and landscapes on campus,” Lawrence Preservation Alliance leaders write in this column.
Family members of Smith Hall benefactor and namesake Irma I. Smith will speak at an open house Saturday, according to event organizers. The event aims to raise awareness about the building and KU’s plans to demolish it.
”Irma I. Smith Hall can’t speak for itself. But as it possibly faces the wrecking ball, we seek to share its history and relevance as a significant, intact example of midcentury modern architecture,” Tom Harper writes in this column.
The Lawrence Preservation Alliance’s upcoming “After La Yarda” historic walking tours will take tourgoers through the La Yarda neighborhood to learn about the past and present of its people.
Liberty Hall holds so many years’ worth of stories and experiences that it’s almost as if the structure itself is alive. That’s why General Manager Dean Edington II refers to the building’s aura as “the spirit of the hall.”
The board of directors of the Lawrence Preservation Alliance wishes to express concern about the school district’s proposed plans to close community schools, each of which has a rich history and resides in a historic building.
The splendor of stained glass is returning to St. Luke AME Church this week.
A contractor for the city is to resume work on Tuesday refurbishing the parking lot next to the Amtrak/Santa Fe depot in East Lawrence — and the project will incorporate a large swath of historic brickwork that workers uncovered earlier this year.
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