Archive for Friday, August 23, 2013

40 years ago: Fourth floor of Wescoe to be ready for start of classes

August 23, 2013


From the Lawrence Daily Journal-World for Aug. 23, 1973:

After a three-year wait, a "mysterious partially visible fortress of construction equipment and hardhats" was finally to be at least partially revealed as the new Wescoe Hall. The building on Jayhawk Boulevard on the Kansas University campus was to "emerge from its estrangement" as the fourth floor had been completed in time for the start of the fall semester. Despite missing a few final touches such as doorknobs, the fourth floor was ready with 40 classrooms providing a capacity for 1,900 students. Wescoe Hall had been constructed to house the humanities classes, which had not had a permanent home on the KU campus since World War II. Eventually, the building would also provide space for about 300 faculty offices and 12 department offices. It was also to include conference rooms, informal study alcoves, a large open study area with vending machines, and a mail distribution center. Keith Lawton, director of Facilities Planning and Operations, said this week that Wescoe's target date for completion was Thanksgiving.


Ron Holzwarth 4 years, 9 months ago

Wescoe Hall is only 4 stories tall. But the original plans called for a 25 story skyscraper!

Clipped from:

"On Nov. 20, 1967, the university announced it planned a building that would soar 25 stories into the air. University officials said it would be completed by fall 1970.

It was touted as Kansas' tallest building, stretching 280 feet above Jayhawk Boulevard. The New York Times reported it would be the third-tallest structure on a U.S. college campus -- behind the University of Pittsburgh's Cathedral of Learning at 42 stories and the University of Texas' Tower at 27 stories. It would be more than two times higher than Fraser Hall, complete with its towers."

  • from 1995 story written by Caroline Trowbridge

Sarah St. John 4 years, 9 months ago

I'm sure that would have been, well, horrible! :)

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