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First Bell: Former Ichabod’s, up for auction, still ‘smells like a school’; EPA OKs environmental education grant for Friends of the Kaw

October 28, 2011


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The former White School, 1510 N. Third St. in North Lawrence, is up for auction at 11 a.m. Nov. 19.

The former White School, 1510 N. Third St. in North Lawrence, is up for auction at 11 a.m. Nov. 19.

For sale: A former one-room schoolhouse at the edge of North Lawrence.

Price: You name it.

“It’s an ‘absolute’ sale,” said Bill Fair, the an auctioneer who will be — you guessed it — auctioning the place next month.

The old White School building will go to the highest bidder who can produce $10,000 in cash or personal check the day of the sale, then come up with the rest within 30 days.

The buyer will get a structure built in 1929 in rural Lawrence, a 1.5-acre site now marking the northernmost border of North Lawrence. At 1510 N. Third Street, it is just south of the southeast corner of U.S. Highway 59 and U.S. Highway 24-40, the well-known Teepee junction that is outside the city limits.

At some point the building served as a school, as evidenced by the sign above the door, the one-room classroom inside and a teacher’s office off to the side.

And that’s not all.

“You can walk in and smell it, instantly: It smells like a school,” Fair says. “It’s in the flooring.”

What, exactly, is in the wooden floor remains unclear. After its school days, the building eventually became a bar, Ichabod’s, and then played host to a number of special events, fraternity and sorority parties.

Fair figures the place could accommodate some sort of commercial business, given that some 12,000 vehicles drive by each day. Or it could even be a residence.

Or it could remain a piece of nostalgia, a rural schoolhouse of times gone by.

“It’s like walking into a grade school, an old grade school,” says Fair, lead auctioneer for Bill Fair & Co., Lecompton, still contemplating the familiar scent he can’t seem to shake. “It’s kind of a chalkboard smell.”

The auction is set for 11 a.m. Nov. 19 at the site. Anyone wanting to check out the school — and its smell — in person may drop by from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Nov. 11, or an hour before the sale, or by appointment.

For more information, check out the property’s auction bid kit at


Friends of the Kaw, a Lawrence-based organization that works to protect and preserve the Kansas River, has secured a grant from the Environmental Protection Agency to help create a program to help teachers in two Kansas City, Kan., high schools educate students about the river.

The EPA’s regional office announced Thursday that the organization would receive a $29,902 environmental education grant, one of six such grants being presented to schools, universities and others in the region that covers Kansas, Iowa, Missouri and Nebraska.

Friends of the Kaw will work with four teachers from Schlagle and Wyandotte high schools to develop supportive curriculum, workshops and training for the use of computers — using ultrafast Internet service — for mapping, Google Earth presentations, GIS systems, three-dimensional visualizations and other projects and programs.

Friends of the Kaw also received an environmental education grant, for $19,566, in 2008.


Steve Jacob 6 years, 5 months ago

Think I went to Ichabod’s once. I was at LHS in the late 80's and it was $5 for all you can drink. Shockingly, they did not check ID at the door.

somebodynew 6 years, 5 months ago

It might still have a smell to it, but if that is the smell of a school.... well, now that I think about it I suppose a lot of 'learning' did go on in there. Nevermind.

TikiLee 6 years, 5 months ago

I really wanted to buy that when it went on the market a few years ago, but the price (I forget what the total was) was prohibitive. Now I don't have $10K handy like I did then. DRAT.

Paul R Getto 6 years, 5 months ago

Used to live there. A good, solid building, like most older schools.

George_Braziller 6 years, 5 months ago

Paul - I was just thinking about this building yesterday and wondering about why it's called "White School." I was there once when I was in college and it was "Ichabod's" but the White School sign was still above the door.

Is it named after someone with the last name White? Named that because it's painted white? Called that because only "white" students could attend?

Since you lived there do you know the history of the name? I'm just curious.

MarcoPogo 6 years, 5 months ago

To further confuse matters, I could swear that it was red at one point. I may be wrong on that one, though.

George_Braziller 6 years, 5 months ago

I think it was red for a very short time and then painted white again.

Paul R Getto 6 years, 5 months ago

No. Lived there a few months in 1968, but no nothing of the name.

oakfarm 6 years, 5 months ago

Boy does this Ichabod's story bring back memories of beer and fraternity parties in the 1970s. I get high just thinking about it. And it was not from the smell of 'school'.

George Bures 6 years, 5 months ago

Played a lot of games of quarters at Ichabods back in the late 70's. Ate a lot of peanuts too. I had my own personalized engraved schooner. I Have a bench from the deck in my walk-in closet(sit on it every morning to put on my shoes) that some how came home with me one day.

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