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Chancellor’s residence "The Outlook"
1532 Lilac Lane
Lawrence, KS 66045

In 1912, Lawrence banker Jabez B. Watkins (1845-1921) built the three-story, 26-room house designed by W.J. Mitchell for himself and his wife, Elizabeth Miller Watkins. She lived in the home until her death in 1939, willing it to the university as a chancellor’s residence. It replaced the original brick chancellor’s residence at 1345 Louisiana St. 

Chancellor Deane W. Malott and his family were the first to live in the home. The first floor is used for receptions and other public functions; the upper stories are family living quarters. 

Oldfather Studios
1621 W. Ninth St.
Lawrence, KS 66044

The 11,200-square-foot, brick building houses the offices of the Department of Film and Media Studies, a soundstage, sound- and film-editing suites, screening rooms and classrooms.

The building, opened in 1955, was commissioned by KU alumni Russell Mosser and Art Wolf, founders in 1947 of Centron Corp., a leading industrial and educational film studio in Lawrence. It was designed by KU architect Verner Smith. Mosser and Wolf sold the studio in 1981, and Centron had dissolved by 1990.

Oliver Residence Hall
1815 Naismith Drive
Lawrence, KS 66045

Opened in 1966 as a freshman women’s hall, it is named for the first chancellor, R.W. Oliver, in honor of the university’s centennial. It now houses 660 men and women, coed by wing, in two-person rooms. It has a dining center commons.

(Naismith Hall, across the street east of Oliver, is a private residence hall for men and women.)


Oregon Trail Marker
Jayhawk Boulevard at West Campus Road
Lawrence, KS

The bronze medallion of this marker is 16.5 inches in diameter and bears the image of a conestoga wagon pulled by oxen and guided by a pioneer. The work of sculptors J.E. and L.G. Fraser, it is mounted on a limestone plinth about 4 feet tall and nearly 6 feet long. The whole is surrounded by a low ovoid stone wall; plantings and a flagpole complete the marker.

Owl, The
Spooner Hall
Lawrence, KS

The inscription on the hall’s portico reads: “Whoso findeth wisdom findeth life,” and a sandstone owl, the symbol of wisdom, sits in a niche on the gable. The owl may have been designed by the Spooner architect, Henry van Brunt (1832-1903), a partner in the Kansas City, Mo., firm of Van Brunt & Howe. He was an 1854 graduate of Harvard University and a student of Richard Morris Hunt, the most notable American proponent of the Gothic Revival and Renaissance Revival styles.

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