Carruth-O’Leary Hall

1246 W Campus Rd Lawrence, KS 66044

This building opened in 1955 as a men's residence hall and was converted in 1965 to offices and classrooms for academic departments such as English, classics and Romance languages. Since 1986 it has housed the Department of Human Resources and Equal Opportunity, the comptroller’s office, Institutional Research and Planning and Design and Construction Management.

It is named for two longtime faculty members: William H. Carruth (1859-1924), who earned KU degrees in 1880 and 1883 and was a professor of German, a poet and a suffragist; and Raphael Dorman O’Leary (1866-1936), an 1893 alumnus and English professor. 

The first Carruth Hall had been the original chancellor’s residence at 14th and Louisiana streets; it was refurbished in 1939 as a scholarship hall for men, later used by women. It was demolished in 1953, and Douthart Scholarship Hall was built on the site.