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Which building in Lawrence do you think has the most interesting architecture?

Asked at Massachusetts Street on June 1, 2008

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Photo of Adele Bisel

“I really like the older buildings, so the Eldridge is one of my favorites. Mostly because of the inside. It’s so well preserved.”

Photo of Steve Connelly

“I think the inside of Abe & Jake’s is really interesting. It’s definitely one of the most unique bar set-ups in Lawrence.”

Photo of Lindsay Taylor

“I think it’s the parabola house over by Lawrence High School. I’ve always wanted to go roller skating on it.”

Photo of Nick Kinney

“There’s a house over on 12th and Pennsylvania that I think KU students did as a project. The front is all made of metal and the rest is wood. I always think it looks cool when I drive by.”

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cool 5 years, 10 months ago

notice that the buildings everyone has mentioned above / which are built - none of them had subsidies ?http://www2.ljworld.com/news/2008/mar...

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Marty_McFly 5 years, 10 months ago

dear Cool,You need to go back in time. How'd you miss the article in yesterday's paper concerning the Oread?Marty

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cool 5 years, 10 months ago

dear snap - which is your favorite building in Lawrence ?

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Flap Doodle 5 years, 10 months ago

BTW, the cyber**ing website cool is plugging is part of a certain odious local 'forum' where you can see stellar examples of juvenile personal attacks. If that's what you're all about, I'd recommend going through proxify dot com if you want to check it out.

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cool 5 years, 10 months ago

The O R E A D _ ?not yet built category - 'neo-beaux arts', see Dennis Domer's article 'Stuck in Time' in the LJW archives, or at www.oreadinn.com. href="http://www2.ljworld.com/photos/galleries">http://www2.ljworld.com/photos/galleries:

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cool 5 years, 10 months ago

Saturday June 7th at 10:00 am at the Lawrence Public Library:Joined: 14 Feb 2008Posts: 98Posted: Mon May 12, 2008 10:20 am Post subject: SATURDAY, June 7th at Lawrence Public Library, Other OreadsBarry Newton, Professor of Architecture at Kansas University will speak Saturday June 7, 10 am at the Lawrence Public Library (7th St. + Vermont) on "Other Oreads." Eight of his graduate students designed a hotel for the Oread site using exactly the same parameters as the developer. The LPA saw these drawings in March and responded amazingly favorably. After Newton's lecture, there will be question and answer session and the drawings will remain on exhibition until 6 pm that evening. Visual Tour of the Oread Demo: http://www.visualtour.com/shownp.asp?sk=13&t=1481271

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cool 5 years, 10 months ago

hawkperchedatriverfront (Anonymous) says:what? that current design of the Oread Inn surely is not for real. Why isn't the whole building going up at the north end the same height as the front end?? A wonderful view to the north and the design as presented on this site shows the front part looking into a flat roof at the rear? The hole is becoming more attractive than the whole project. If the design as shown in the Oread Newsletter is in fact, the design, what a shame!the current design is 'new & improved' according to the developer.see also www.oreadinn.com

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cool 5 years, 10 months ago

SpeedRacer (Anonymous) says:Does anyone know if the frat houses on Tennessee were built as that or were they once residences?the house nearest the intersection on Tenn to the north was a residence.

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acg 5 years, 10 months ago

I like stone and gothic structures so I really dig the castle tea room and that house that's on frat row on TN street, that's owned by the doc, next to Doug Compton's travesty of apartment buildings. Ya'll know the one I'm talking about. The son caught it on fire a little last year. I love that building.

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SpeedRacer 5 years, 10 months ago

Does anyone know if the frat houses on Tennessee were built as that or were they once residences?

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SpeedRacer 5 years, 10 months ago

That beautiful mansion in the 1600 block of Tennessee...although the frat houses next to it are also interesting.I also like the Sigma Nu/Governor Roscoe Stubbs mansion.

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road_Runner 5 years, 10 months ago

I have to agree with Allen Fieldhouse....and for the record, being completely obsessive-compulsive about KU basketball in NO way persuade my decision on this. Shifty eyes

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Flap Doodle 5 years, 10 months ago

BTW, the cyber**ing website cool is plugging is part of a certain odious local 'forum' where you can see stellar examples of juvenile personal attacks. If that's what you're all about, I'd recommend going through proxify dot com if you want to check it out.

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classclown 5 years, 10 months ago

Oread Inn will be the best when it's completed. Plus it will hide all the ugly stuff behind it. All hail Oread Inn's glory! May there be many more like it!

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Eurekahwk 5 years, 10 months ago

Just east of Wakarusa on Inverness Dr,, there is a white house at the end of a culdasac that looks so much like the house from Nightmare on Elm Street. It is very creepy at night.

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cool 5 years, 10 months ago

now over 1500 views on Dennis Domer story at www.oreadinn.com

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cool 5 years, 10 months ago

21st & Alabama, a new national historic designation 2007

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TacoBob 5 years, 10 months ago

The house at the corner of Alabama and 21st St.Know it?

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macon47 5 years, 10 months ago

THE WAY THEY REMODELED THEBIRD A FEW YEARS AGO.VERY COOL.

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hornhunter 5 years, 10 months ago

BigPrune, May be they could use it for the NEW GREEN CEMETERY

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BigPrune 5 years, 10 months ago

The Masonic Temple needs to be turned into what it looks like, a mausoleum. That's the only way for it to be profitable. Imagine how many dead could fit into that sucker - a lot!

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Newell_Post 5 years, 10 months ago

The Masonic Temple is really a great old building that need to be renovated and reused for something, but I'm not sure what. The interior has a stage and a balcony, but "theaters" downtown have a problematic business history. Also, there would be a ton of building code problems to be solved relating to egress, handicapped access, parking, asbestos, etc. etc:.. I hope somebody is willing to take a chance on it.

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svengalli 5 years, 10 months ago

Cool is making repetitive cut-n-paste posts. This is your warning, Cool.

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hawkperchedatriverfront 5 years, 10 months ago

what? that current design of the Oread Inn surely is not for real. Why isn't the whole building going up at the north end the same height as the front end?? What a waste of space. Wonder if they don't have enough money to build a 7 story building, seven stories front to back? A wonderful view to the north and the design as presented on this site shows the front part looking into a flat roof at the rear? Is this a prefab building to be brought in , in sections?The Oread Inn crew is missing a very important part of history by not salvaging large chunks of shale and incorporating them inside in either a waterfall or using them in a massive fireplace wall for a Pub!. The hole is becoming more attractive than the whole project. If the design as shown in the Oread Newsletter is in fact, the design, what a shame!

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hawkperchedatriverfront 5 years, 10 months ago

Santa Fe railway station, aka Amtrak. And really interesting is the current Drop In Shelter building with the southern style front porch for sitting on a lazy day. Oh, and then there is Green Hall, the real Green Hall. Knock off the ugly library at the back and expose the building to Mississippi . And a building often overlooked is the Carnegie Library building just waiting to be misused along with the Masonic Temple(what a place for burlesque shows and has an organ already in it!). Lawrence is so far behind the times.

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cool 5 years, 10 months ago

hopefully we don't get too many towers on Mt. Oread bythe local 'power brokers' as once happened in Bologna, Italy:LOLhttp://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/a/a0/Bologna_Middleage.jpg/800px-Bologna_Middleage.jpg

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cool 5 years, 10 months ago

oops !sorry but the 'developer' kept changing the design.this is the most current ?neo-beaux arts ?or what ?just published in the ONA newsletter: http://oreadneighborhood.org/ONAoreadHotelPhotoAlbum.shtml

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cool 5 years, 10 months ago

sgtwolverine (Anonymous) says:Why, the best-named structure in all of Kansas: Strong Hall!many agree Strong Hall as the best 'beaux-art' on campus !

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Multidisciplinary 5 years, 10 months ago

dajudge (Anonymous) says: M_D: Hoosier daddy? Does he beat you? Eight to the bar?Architecturally speaking, I like the design for the newWalmart Supercenter.***forgive me for posting-let-me burn-in-hell, mike_blur will throw a hissy fit.Daddy dropped dead when I was 6 after building many things in Law. One of areas I heard was. he built the house across from that house on ...(aaaaa"I think it's the parabola house over by Lawrence High School. I've always wanted to go roller skating on it."- Lindsay Taylor, paraeducator, Lawrence)Yeah, across fron that one.(youngest lack of info child sigh)

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sgtwolverine 5 years, 10 months ago

Why, the best-named structure in all of Kansas: Strong Hall!

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RETICENT_IRREVERENT 5 years, 10 months ago

The Hawaiian shaved ice stand on Iowa St.

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le 5 years, 10 months ago

And the sanctuary (old bar) was a cool place (only seen it at nite tho) it had the outdoor decking in the trees (great place to drink and score on the ladies) then some @ss demolitioned the joint to put up those lame apartments! Now same has happened to the crossing...there goes another piece of lawrence history ..gone for profit!

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le 5 years, 10 months ago

The brewery (free state) used to be a drive thru bus station years ago...It always amazed me the bus drivers could navigate the tight squeeze from inside into the alley!

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le 5 years, 10 months ago

Anyone from the early `70s remember the poster of popeye boning Olive Oil with sweet pea lookin in the window with a question mark over his head? and brutus in the background looki miffed! A true classic! My sisters bought it at strawberry fields I think!

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Richard Heckler 5 years, 10 months ago

Central Jr High School, Liberty Hall building group to include the brewery,stone house at 8th and Ohio(NW corner),The Brown Family" repunzel" home at east 13th & Maple.

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cool 5 years, 10 months ago

Barry Newton, Professor of Architecture at Kansas University will speak Saturday June 7, 10 am at the Lawrence Public Library (7th St. + Vermont) on "Other Oreads." Eight of his graduate students designed a hotel for the Oread site using exactly the same parameters as the developer. The LPA saw these drawings in March and responded amazingly favorably. After Newton's lecture, there will be question and answer session and the drawings will remain on exhibition until 6 pm that evening. Visual Tour of the Oread Demo: http://www.visualtour.com/shownp.asp?sk=13&t=1481271

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le 5 years, 10 months ago

I did`nt know Olive Oil wore bug eyed sunglasses! Better to see the architecture in larryville I guess...Aak kkkkk

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cool 5 years, 10 months ago

KSA_21_3503 (Anonymous) says:The Oread Inn.KSA must be hallucinating ?all i see is a big hole - and almost seems to big for the neighborhood ?www.oreadinn.com for Dennis Domer comments

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dajudge 5 years, 10 months ago

M_D: Hoosier daddy? Does he beat you? Eight to the bar?Architecturally speaking, I like the design for the newWalmart Supercenter.

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Pywacket 5 years, 10 months ago

Too many to narrow down to one. I've always liked Dyche Hall, because of the carved grotesques (akin to gargoyles). Spooner has some pretty cool carvings, as well. I find many of the old houses in Lawrence very interesting, especially those expressing the full range of Victorian and craftsman-era architecture. I'd be hard pressed to designate any one of them "most interesting." And, while I'd never be tempted to buy it, I have always gotten a kick out of the parabola house on 21st. This is where the Jetsons would live if the moved to Lawrence.Liberty Hall... Watkins Museum... The old Courthouse... Teller's... The Riordan residence on Tennessee... The House Building on Mass St., which survived Quantrill's raid... Lawrence has a wealth of interesting buildings.

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hitme 5 years, 10 months ago

The crossing...Oh wait , nevermind

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hornhunter 5 years, 10 months ago

KSA, Your lucky cool isn't out of bed yet!What about the water tower on Oread, south of B Billings parkway ?

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Multidisciplinary 5 years, 10 months ago

You're killin' me! All of you.http://icanhascheezburger.wordpress.com/files/2007/06/roflmfao.jpgTOB, I used to wear sunglasses like that. No longer, but if you have migraines, those biggies really help. ( i believe I kept them, somewhere, just waiting for fashion to come around again!

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The_Original_Bob 5 years, 10 months ago

Good lord. Someone get the Raid. They asked the question to a very large bug-eyed insect.

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Boston_Corbett 5 years, 10 months ago

The Lawrence Fire Department training structure at 19th & Haskell.

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le 5 years, 10 months ago

Oh ..and lets not over look ...Round Corner Drug store! WAy cool old structure! And the fact that it has been one of the only structures that has housed the same biz (a drugstore) and Tom Rocks !

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le 5 years, 10 months ago

As far as Houses go..the Maupintour home on Tennessee! And 2nd on the houses goes to..that cool home east of the nursery (plant) on 15th st.(on the south side of the street! Building structures...the Natural History Museum cuz of the gargoyles and other critters the "old school" designers put time ,love and care when they built something (unlike todays pre-fab ..plain..boring crap they build in todays Mc-designing and building! Downtown..the old courthouse and watkins for the same reasons!The only cool structure in town built in resent years is the Dentist office on 15th (or Bob Billingsway) just west of wakarusa...on the north side! Most of todays designs are crap...70 years ago and before people used to take great pride in the design and craftmanship...today they build it fast and cheap(at least materials are cheap) but the craftmanship and love ..no longer exsist! Why do you think structures in old england are so cool and last so long? Great architecture and great craftmanship..a thing of the past!

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ChristmasCarol 5 years, 10 months ago

I have to be honest with you the place with the most interesting architecture in the are to me is either the courthouse in Ottawa with it's domes and towers or there is a house on Riverside drive you have to be on the inside to understand. There is an underground house near Lawrence Ave. and Clinton Parkway drive between Clinton Parkway and the old firehouse that looks like the cartoon version of the hobbit's place.I am not sure where I have seen other things or ideas I have had.

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