Archive for Saturday, November 12, 2011

40 years ago: It’s official: Watkins Bank to house museum

November 12, 2011


From the Lawrence Daily Journal-World for Nov. 12, 1971:

At an annual meeting of the Douglas County Historical Society, attorney Raymond Rice presented the finalized deeds to the "old city hall" (Watkins bank, 11th and Massachusetts) to the 160 members of the society present. The members then approved a proposal to establish and operate a museum at the site. Rice was then honored in a surprise ceremony which paid tribute to his years of service. "Douglas County has benefited handsomely from the talent, devotion and generosity of this able person," said Dolph Simons Sr. just before presenting a resolution honoring the 88-year-old Rice, who had graduated from KU Law School in 1908.


Ron Holzwarth 6 years, 5 months ago

The Watkins Museum (built in 1887) is a very fine example of why the preservation of historic buildings is of such importance in maintaining the character of the City of Lawrence.

I am frustrated, because I have not been able to determine who the architect was.

Some other examples of historic architecture that immediately come to mind are several very finely preserved examples of John G. Haskell's architectural works here in Lawrence.

English Lutheran Church, 1040 New Hampshire Street, Gothic Revival (c.1870) Plymouth Congregational Church, 925 Vermont Street (1870) The United Methodist Church, 946 Vermont Street (1891) The Castle Tea Room, 1307 Massachusetts Street (1894) Bailey Hall, University of Kansas (1900) The Douglas County Courthouse, 1100 Massachusetts Street (1903)

Also, he designed the Ludington House at 1613 Tennessee.
I am sure there are more here in town.

This is clipped from a link on: "The most significant exhibit of the Watkins Community Museum of History is, perhaps, the building itself. Commissioned by Lawrence financier Jabez Bunting ("J.B.") Watkins, the future Land Mortgage Company and Watkins National Bank was constructed between 1885 and 1888.

A classic example of the Richardson Romanesque influence on Kansas’s architecture, it was considered one of the most magnificent buildings west of the Mississippi River at the time of its construction."

Sarah St. John 6 years, 5 months ago

"Chicago Architects Cobb and Frost designed the building to house the Watkins National Bank and J. B. Watkins Land Mortgage Company."

From KTWU's episode of "Wood, Brick and Stone" which you MUST WATCH if you ever see it re-run. Great series!!


(I would buy a copy of the DVD, but it's $40. $40 !!!!!!)

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