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Danforth Chapel
1405 Jayhawk Blvd.
Lawrence, KS 66045

William H. Danforth, chair of Ralston Purina Co., provided the largest single donation for the chapel through his foundation; the rest of the funding and most of the furnishings were donated by faculty, students, alumni and Lawrence residents. Edward W. Tanner of Kansas City, KU’s first architectural engineering graduate in 1916 and principal designer for the J.C. Nichols Co. 1919-64, designed the 90-seat Gothic Revival structure. The construction was done in part by German prisoners of war, many of them masons, who were detained in a Lawrence facility.

DeBruce Center
1647 Naismith Drive
Lawrence , KS 66045

Construction began in fall 2014 on the center, which will house James Naismith's original "Rules of Basket Ball" as well as a student center and meeting rooms. The three-story, $18 million center adjoining the northeast corner of the Fieldhouse and the Booth Hall of Athletics will be named for Paul and Katherine DeBruce, 1973 alumni who are primary donors. Completion of the 31,000-square-foot structure, which will be connected to the second-level concourse of the field house, is expected in fall 2015.

Docking Family Gateway
13th Street and Oread Avenue
Lawrence, KS

Alumni Jill S. Docking and Tom Docking of Wichita gave $500,000 toward the construction of a gateway at the northeast edge of the main campus, near the Kansas Union. It comprises a fountain, brick pylon and plantings fitted into an oval stone surround.

The Dockings’ children and his brother, William, also are alumni, as were his father and grandfather, former Kansas governors Robert Docking (1967-75) and George Docking (1957-61); and his mother, the late Meredith Gear Docking. Tom Docking was lieutenant governor of Kansas 1983-87.


Dole Human Development Center
1000 Sunnyside Ave.
Lawrence, KS 66045

The center was dedicated Aug. 25, 1990, and named in honor of Kansas Sen. Robert J. Dole, an advocate for people with disabilities. Kiene & Bradley Design Group designed the $12 million classroom and clinic space, which houses undergraduate and graduate departments and research and training centers, including the Department of Applied Behavioral Science and affiliates such as the Child and Family Services Clinic, gerontology, early childhood autism, the Edna A.

Dole Institute of Politics
2350 Petefish Drive
Lawrence, KS 66045

This west campus building, dedicated in July 2003, is named for retired Kansas Sen. Robert J. Dole. The $11 million, 28,000-square-foot facility, designed by ASIA of Lenexa, houses papers from Dole’s 35-year career and is the world’s largest congressional archive.

Douthart Scholarship Hall
1345 Louisiana St.
Lawrence, KS 66044

This hall houses 48 women in 12 bedroom/study area suites. It opened in 1954 and was largely funded by the gift of Burt Chronister of Kansas City, Kan., in memory of his wife, Ava Douthart Chronister, a 1901 graduate, and her sister Lela Douthart, an 1899 alumna. The architect was Raymond Coolidge.

Dyche Hall
1345 Jayhawk Blvd.
Lawrence, KS 66045

One of KU’s signature buildings, Dyche Hall was built as the Museum of Natural History in 1901-02 to a design by Kansas City architects Walter C. Root and George W. Siemens; they used the Venetian Romanesque style characteristic of southern European churches of 1050-1200. The limestone building, distinguished by a steep-roofed tower, arched doorway and elaborate stone ornamentations of natural and fantastic animals and plants, was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1974.

Dyche Hall Grotesques
Dyche Hall
Lawrence, KS

Joseph Robaldo Frazee and Vitruvius Frazee, 1901-02

Master mason and sculptor Joseph Robaldo Frazee and his son Vitruvius Frazee carved the 12 creatures in 1901 and 1902. The cottonwood limestone statues, each 44 inches tall, resemble the gargoyles used on medieval buildings to disguise drainpipes; the Dyche creatures are “grotesques,” because they lack the pipe and spout that permit gargoyles to function as drains.

Rieger Scholarship Hall
1323 Ohio St.
Lawrence, KS 66044

This hall, dedicated Sept. 24, 2005, houses 50 women in a mix of traditional rooms and suites in two wings. The common areas include a courtyard, living room, dining area, kitchen and recreational room. The hall was funded through a $3 million gift by Roger and Annette Rieger of Seattle, both 1967 alumni, in memory of Roger's brother Dennis, who earned a bachelor's in political science at KU in 1972 and a master's in business in 1974.

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