Archive for Thursday, August 23, 2001

Historic Oread

August 23, 2001


To the editor:

I write in regard to the controversy concerning the intrusion into the Oread Neighborhood for the purpose of construction of scholarship halls.

Historic preservation is, in my mind, one of the best things going for the city of Lawrence and for KU.

Nationally recognized faculty, important in the development of the university, built and lived in homes in the Oread Neighborhood, some for long periods of time. A number of homeowners now living in the Oread Neighborhood have put forth immeasurable time, effort and their own resources, to restore and maintain the historic integrity of their own houses.

I have visited campuses of other great universities where pride is taken in surrounding neighborhoods. Houses have been restored and recognized as significant in the development of the university community.

One wonders why the land recently acquired by KU at 19th and Iowa streets has not been considered as a location for scholarship halls. I would trust our university to create an attractive area, surely much nicer than the large apartment buildings we have recently seen appear there.

Jessie Branson,


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