A sturdy stable owned by Kansas University and an early farmstead north of Lawrence now are part of the state’s list of historically significant structures and sites.
The two properties — the Lane-Duncan Stable, 1132 W. 11th St., and the Robert William and Helen Baldwin Gorrill Farmstead, 984 N. 1800 Road — were added to the Register of Historic Kansas Places by the Kansas Historic Sites Board of Review, an 11-member group appointed by the governor.
The register has 1,395 listings, virtually all of them also included in the National Register of Historic Places.
The farmstead and the stable are among the 152 limited to state recognition — the properties and sites typically ineligible for national recognition because of alterations.
Douglas County now has 81 properties listed in the state and/or national registers.
The latest additions from Douglas County are significant for many reasons, said Sarah Martin, national and state register coordinator for the Kansas State Historical Society.
The farmstead, started in 1872, is representative of early agricultural activity in northeastern Kansas, and its original owners were leaders in development of the area around Lecompton, she said.
The stable, at the northern edge of KU’s main campus, previously accommodated studios for the KJHK radio station and, in the 1920s, had been a private garage. But the key historic values, Clark said, rest in the structure’s ties to original property owner James Lane — one of Kansas’ first U.S. senators — and in stone construction that has proven steadfast.
“It’s kind of amazing it’s still there,” Martin said.
Inclusion in the register makes each of the properties eligible for grants through the Heritage Trust Fund to help finance renovations. The farmstead is owned by Jim and Cynthia Haines; the stable is slated for renovation and used as offices and meeting space for the adjacent Max Kade Center for Germanic-American Studies.