Archive for Wednesday, February 22, 1995


February 22, 1995


Six plaques will designate homes, buildings and a college campus in Lawrence as historic spots, thanks to preservation efforts and the Lawrence Preservation Alliance.

The five structures and the historic district, built between Lawrence's founding in 1863 and 1925, will be graced with bronze plaques highlighting their status as properties on the National Register of Historic Places.

"This is just the beginnings of trying to identify the more significant structures in the history of our community," said Marci Francisco, president of the alliance and a former Lawrence mayor.

The alliance, now celebrating its 10th anniversary, bought the plaques for $1,000 and donated them to the sites' owners or representatives during a ceremony Monday night.

Plaques were presented for:

  • Frank and Nelle Benedict House, 932 Tenn., built in 1870 and owned by Bill Haw.
  • The Eldridge House Hotel, 701 Mass., rebuilt in 1925 and owned by Rob Phillips.
  • Lucy Hobbs Taylor Building, 809 Vt., built in 1871, owned by Jim Grimes and home to Headmasters, a hair styling salon. Taylor was Lawrence's first female dentist.
  • Priestly House, 1505 Ky., built in 1863 and owned by Haw.
  • Dudley H. Wiggins House, 840 W. 21st, built in 1863 and owned by Randy and Wanda Breeden.
  • Haskell Indian Nations University, 23rd Street and Barker Avenue, opened in 1884 and owned by the U.S. government. Several buildings were designed by John G. Haskell, who also designed the Douglas County Courthouse.

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