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The historic district on the Kansas University campus has now earned national designation.
The KU Historic District, which surrounds Jayhawk Boulevard and the crest of Mount Oread, is now listed on the National Register of Historic Places, KU announced this week. It was added in February to the Register of Historic Kansas Places.
Five buildings included in the district were already listed on the National Register, but new elements earning recognition as part of the district will include the World War II Memorial Campanile and landscapes such as Potter Lake and "The Hill," down which graduates walk at commencement.
The effort to create a historic district was led by the Historic Mount Oread Friends, a campus preservation organization, and other groups. Leaders of the effort have said an application for a second campus historic district, this one containing the chancellor's residence and nearby scholarship halls to the east, is also in the works.
Also added to the national register this month was another Lawrence property: the Kibbee Farmstead, at 1500 Haskell Ave. The 15-acre farmstead was formed in the early 20th century and annexed into the city in 1959.