Archive for Friday, August 19, 2011

Two Lawrence locations added to Kansas historic registry

August 19, 2011


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.


consumer1 6 years, 10 months ago

Moral of the story if you don't want the historic society telling you what you can do with your own property alter the basic structure. Make modern addition ASAP.

overthemoon 6 years, 10 months ago

The historic society is actually quite flexible when modernization is needed or desired. The criteria is leaving as much original structure intact as possible and making an addition or alterations that are obviously new and do not obscure the line between new and old. A good design, thoughtfully planned and presented according to submission requirements, is a breeze to get through the State and local reviews. Its also important to note that historic designations are made at the request of the property owner, not at the mandate of the state or local registers.

If a property owner is trying to do something crappy on the cheap without regard to the historic value of their structure, it isn't so easy. People who have no appreciation for the value of preserving historic structures perhaps should not be owning them.

overthemoon 6 years, 10 months ago

I should say that designation of individual properties are made at the request of the property owner. Owning a property within a historic district (which was originally designated at the request of residents) or within the 'environs' of a National Register structure have some restrictions. Again, these are quite easy to accommodate if the owner works with the agencies and doesn't try to do do stuff that would be stupid whether in an historic district or not. .

George_Braziller 6 years, 10 months ago

The guidelines are pretty basic. You can put on an addition and update the structure but it has to fit into simple things like scale relative to the original exterior structure and roof pitches. Put in replacement windows as long as they come close to the original ones without changing the original exterior appearance, you can paint the entire thing Pepto Bismol pink if like that color.

Inside you can do anything. Cover every surface in orange shag carpeting if you want.

rats 6 years, 10 months ago

An imaginary friend, like Harvey? At least this writer isn't citing Wikipedia as a legitimate source for a news article the way the Heard on the Hill person did.

Ron Holzwarth 6 years, 10 months ago

I've spoken with friends from Europe about older homes. In Europe, a house is not considered to be very old unless it was built before about 1500 AD. Here, of course, it is very different.

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