Lindley Hall

(LIN)
1475 Jayhawk Blvd. Lawrence, KS 66045

Completed in 1943, the limestone hall was named for Ernest H. Lindley, chancellor 1920-39, who died shortly after retiring. It is sited on the crest of Mount Oread traversed by the Oregon Trail. Its Art Moderne design was by State Architect Roy Stookey, and limestone bas reliefs are by sculptor Bernard “Poco” Frazier. Its construction was delayed and complicated by World War II material shortages, which were alleviated only after Chancellor Deane W. Malott and other administrators committed the new building for military training; it was a barracks and mess hall for Army and Navy trainees until early 1946.

It was planned to house the mineral resources departments of geography, geology, chemical and petroleum engineering, mining and metallurgical engineering; the state and federal Geological Survey; and the astronomical observatory. From the mid-1970s on, engineering programs were moved to Learned and Eaton halls; the geological surveys and observatory also moved. Lindley now houses the departments of geology and geography, faculty and staff offices, classrooms and the Paleontological Institute.