”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.
”Today we celebrate the 41st anniversary of the installation of Moses in front of Smith Hall, gazing at the beautiful stained glass that represents the Burning Bush,” Tom Harper writes in this column.
”The University of Kansas last year placed Smith Hall on a list of 12 buildings deemed obsolete, ’demolition ready,’ and likely to be razed in fiscal year 2023. Those plans have changed, but the fight is not over,” 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.
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