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KU officials make plea for return of pieces of historic fence

March 19, 2012

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Kansas University Endowment Association officials say a historic, century-old iron fence was damaged last weekend outside Sprague Apartments near 14th Street and Jayhawk Boulevard.

Officials with Kansas University Endowment Association are asking for the return of pieces of this historic fence — no questions asked. The fence, which runs along the south side of 14th Street, just off Jayhawk Boulevard, was damaged and parts of it were stolen Saturday night or Sunday morning.

Officials with Kansas University Endowment Association are asking for the return of pieces of this historic fence — no questions asked. The fence, which runs along the south side of 14th Street, just off Jayhawk Boulevard, was damaged and parts of it were stolen Saturday night or Sunday morning.

KU Endowment officials are asking for pieces of an historic fence to be returned — no questions asked — so repairs can be made.

KU Endowment officials are asking for pieces of an historic fence to be returned — no questions asked — so repairs can be made.

A five-foot section also was torn off and several ornamental iron pillars were removed, and KU Endowment officials are just asking for the pieces to be returned — no questions asked — so repairs can be made. The fence runs along the south sidewalk of 14th Street.

“Short of having custom castings made, the pieces are irreplaceable,” said Monte Soukup, KU Endowment’s senior vice president for property management. “We’d just like pieces back to maintain the historic integrity of the fence.”

Assistant KU police chief Chris Keary said the theft occurred Saturday night or Sunday morning. A police report listed loss and damage at $10,000, he said. The endowment association owns the apartment building for retired faculty members.

The apartments, completed in 1960, occupy a historic campus site. Charles Robinson, a founder of Lawrence and Kansas' first governor, originally sold the property, according to KU’s campus building directory. A later owner, Brinton Webb Woodward, a Quantrill’s raid survivor and founder of Round Corner Drugstore, added an art gallery and named the house and grounds Brynwood Manor. The house there was later refurbished and opened in 1940 as Templin Hall, a scholarship residence for men. Templin also later housed women and Naval officer trainees during World War II before it was demolished in 1959.

Soukup can be reached at 832-7435 and the endowment association’s offices are at 1891 Constant Ave. in Lawrence.

Comments

Floyd Craig 2 years, 1 month ago

probly sold it for iron at a recycler maybe lonnies place on the nroth side of the river

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patkindle 2 years, 1 month ago

blame it on the yellow house , oops, never mind

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swampyankee 2 years, 1 month ago

hope the thief can find a fence to sell it

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Russell Fryberger 2 years, 1 month ago

With all the DIY shows on TV I'm willing to bet someone got a bright idea to steal that and make a decorative wall hanging or something.

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kernal 2 years, 1 month ago

Probably someone from out of town took it, so I doubt they'll even see this article unless it's put in the KC Star & Capitol Journal. Fence like that would be too noticible to stay in Lawrence.

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