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Judith Harris Murphy Court
Murphy Hall
Lawrence, KS 66045

The fountain and courtyard dedicated to the wife of former Chancellor Franklin D. Murphy occupy the space between the east and west wings of Murphy Hall, which opened in 1957. The court was completed in 1973 with funds from the classes of 1938, 1958 and 1968 and from Murphy, chancellor from 1951 to 1960. He selected the fountain, which is 18 feet 8 inches in diameter; KU landscape architect Alton Thomas designed the crab-orchard limestone benches and planters.

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Maintenance & Surplus Property
2303 Bob Billings Parkway
Lawrence, KS 66049

This facility is used for construction and maintenance projects and storage of tools, equipment and supplies by the student housing department.

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Malott Hall
1251 Wescoe Hall Drive
Lawrence, KS 66045

Chemistry and physics had been taught at KU since its earliest years, and pharmacy was added in 1885. Surging enrollments after World War II emphasized the mechanical and technological shortcomings of Bailey Chemical Laboratory and Blake Hall, science facilities designed before the turn of the 20th century. Planning began in 1949 for a new building that would house the departments of chemistry and physics and the School of Pharmacy.

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Malott Plaza and Memorial Garden
Malott Hall/Anschutz Library
Lawrence, KS 66045

This terrace of landscaped plantings and benches between Malott Hall and Anschutz Library was dedicated May 15, 1999, in memory of Eleanor Sisson Malott, wife of Deane W. Malott, the eighth chancellor. During his tenure from 1939 to 1951, Mrs. Malott was a leader in beautifying the campus with flowering trees and shrubs. At her urging, the Class of 1945 donated 1,000 crab apple trees. The terrace landscaping includes chrysanthemums, sage, barberry, peonies, daffodils, spirea and crab apple trees.

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Margaret Amini Scholarship Hall
1312 Louisiana St.
Lawrence, KS 66044

Named for Margaret Wenski Amini, 1946 journalism graduate who with her husband, K.K. Amini, gave $1.5 million for its construction, the hall opened in 2000. It houses 52 women and is the architectural twin of the adjacent K.K. Amini Scholarship Hall.

 

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Marvin Hall
1465 Jayhawk Blvd.
Lawrence, KS 66045

State Architect John F. Stanton designed this Oread limestone building, which opened in 1909 at what was then the extreme west end of campus. It was named for Frank O. Marvin, first dean of engineering (1891-1913), son of third chancellor James Marvin (1874-83) and a noted artist and musician. Engineering and architecture programs were based here and in several other campus buildings; they were consolidated as “new” Fowler Shops and other engineering workshops were built south of Marvin in ensuing decades. Learned Hall (1963) and its subsequent additions completed the process. 
 

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Marvin Studios
1400 Hoch Auditoria Drive
Lawrence, KS 66045

This small, winged building south of Marvin Hall was designed by State Architects Ray Stookley and Charles L. Marshall and built in 1942 by Works Progress Administration and National Youth Administration crews with a technology of rammed earth and concrete bricks developed by engineering Professor W.C. McNown.

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Max Kade Center for German-American Studies
1134 W. 11th St.
Lawrence, KS 66044

Bequeathed to KU by the estate of Dr. Mervin T. Sudler (1874-1956), Lawrence physician, professor of anatomy, and dean of the Medical School 1921-24, this limestone house was built for him in 1927 by the Kansas City architectural firm of Buckley & van Brunt. It housed Audio-Reader and Architectural Services; the nearby garage, known as "the Shack," housed KJHK, the student radio station, from 1975 to 2010.

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McCollum Laboratories
2095 Constant Ave
Lawrence, KS 66047

Named for Burton McCollum (1880-1964), a 1903 graduate in electrical engineering who made pioneering discoveries in sound-wave exploration and geophysics, this interdisciplinary research facility was funded by his estate and by income from more than 30 patents. Now part of the Higuchi Biosciences Center on west campus, it opened in May 1971 and was expanded in 1973. State Architect James Canole oversaw the project. It houses the pharmaceutical chemistry department of the School of Pharmacy.

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McCollum Residence Hall
1800 Engel Road
Lawrence, KS 66045
The largest residence hall, which is Y-shaped and houses 910 men and women, opened on Daisy Hill in 1965. It is named for brothers Elmer V. and Burton McCollum, alumni and distinguished scientists who grew up in Lawrence. It is an Honors Programs Residence.

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Memorial Carillon and Campanile
1450 Memorial Drive
Lawrence, KS 66045

A badly needed fieldhouse was among the proposals for a commemoration to honor members of the university community and alumni who died in World War II. Chancellor Deane Malott and others were determined to build a structure that was purely a memorial and was not designed to fill a need of the university, as had been done after World War I with the stadium and the union.

Point of interest
Memorial Drive
Memorial Drive
Lawrence, KS 66045

This W-shaped drive runs from West Campus Road east to Mississippi Street north of Snow, Strong and Bailey halls. It was designed to complement the Memorial Carillon and Campanile, honoring the 277 KU alumni, students, faculty and staff who died in World War II and the more than 7,000 who served.

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Memorial Stadium
1101 Maine St.
Lawrence, KS 66045

9 floors, basement

In 1889 students and faculty members organized the University Athletic Board to oversee competition in football, baseball and tennis with nearby colleges. KU’s games were played on fields at a city park on Massachusetts Street, and the board began trying to raise interest in a university stadium and a gymnasium. After Col. John James McCook, a Harvard-educated New York lawyer, gave the commencement address in 1890 and watched a faculty-student baseball game at the park, he donated $2,500 for a university playing field.

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Military Science Building
1520 Summerfield Hall Drive
Lawrence, KS 66045

Construction began in spring 1941 on this Works Progress Administration project and was completed by legislative appropriations after the WPA was disbanded. The building — faced with limestone from old Snow Hall, demolished in 1934 — was completed Nov. 1, 1943. It houses the Reserved Officer Training Corps programs of the the U.S. Air Force, U.S. Army, and the U.S. Navy; a rifle range and artillery storage; a drill room; classrooms; and offices.

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Miller Scholarship Hall
1518 Lilac Lane
Lawrence, KS 66044

In 1936 Elizabeth Miller Watkins donated $75,000 to build a twin immediately south of Watkins Scholarship Hall, which she had financed in 1925. The building was named for her brother, Frank C. Miller, a KU student in the 1880s. As she had before, Watkins oversaw the decorating and furnishing of the yellow-brick, colonial-style hall, designed by Thomas Williamson, which opened in 1937 and houses 49 women. Like Watkins Hall, Miller is partly maintained through a trust Watkins established.

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Moore Hall
1930 Constant Ave.
Lawrence, KS 66047

This building, housing the Kansas Geological Survey, was designed by Thomas, Johnson, Isley and dedicated Feb. 2, 1973. It is named for Raymond C. Moore (1892-1974), state geologist, KGS director 1916-54 and a faculty member 1916-62; he was a Summerfield Distinguished Professor, chair of geology and a leading scholar/editor in invertebrate paleontology. It houses the KGS geohydrology and exploration services sections, along with Public Outreach and administration.

Artwork
Moses
Front of Smith Hall
Lawrence, KS

Elden C. Tefft, 1982

This filigreed bronze, evoking the image on the University of Kansas seal, was planned to complement the stained-glass window “Burning Bush,” designed by Smith Hall architect Charles L. Marshall of Topeka. The window was donated by Mr. and Mrs. L. Allyn Laybourn in memory of his parents, the Rev. Lemuel and Susan M. Laybourn, and executed by Jacoby Studios of St. Louis.

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Multidisciplinary Research Building
2030 Becker Drive
Lawrence, KS 66047

Construction began on the $40 million, three-story research center in fall 2004, and it was dedicated March 6, 2006. Housed in its 106,000 square feet are about 200 researchers, faculty, students and staff in engineering, chemistry, biology, geology and other natural sciences who do collaborative research in bioinformatics, drug discovery and nanoscience, among other fields.

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Murphy Hall
1530 Naismith Drive
Lawrence, KS 66045

The School of Fine Arts was founded in 1891, combining the Department of Music, established in 1877, and the Department of Art, established in 1885. Between 1893 and 1917 the school was housed in the increasingly decrepit North College, the university's first building, until it was declared unfit for occupation.

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Sabatini Multicultural Resource Center
1299 Oread Ave.
Lawrence, KS 66045

This 7,000-square-foot, $2.7 million building on the north side of the Kansas Union was dedicated April 25, 2008, and named in honor of Lisetta and Carmine Sabatini, parents of donors Frank Sabatini, who holds KU degrees in business and law, and Nella Sabatini Dinolfo. It was funded by a $1 million gift from the Sabatini Family Foundation of Topeka, student fees and other university sources. Designed by Gould Evans Associates, it houses staff and program offices, an auditorium and academic support and study rooms for students.

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Vehicle Maintenance Shop (Motor Pool)
1505 Westbrooke
Lawrence, KS 66049

Part of the Facilities Operations Complex: Offices and shops for carpenters, painters, plumbers, steamfitters, lock shop, moving crew, storage, recycling facilities, etc.


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