Save the date: KU schedules McCollum Hall demolition

photo by: Nick Krug

McCollum Hall on the campus of Kansas University, pictured on July 2, 2015.

Kansas University has set a specific date for the demolition of McCollum Hall, which we previously reported would take place sometime this fall.

Demolition is scheduled for 7 a.m. Nov. 25, according to university spokeswoman Erinn Barcomb-Peterson. Further details will be firmed up and shared at a later time, she said.

McCollum is big — 10 floors and three wings — so one can only guess its implosion (assuming that’s the method used) will be dramatic. Nov. 25, a Wednesday, is the first day of Thanksgiving Break, so students residing in the other Daisy Hill residence halls should be gone for the weekend and safely away from the area by then.

In the meantime, KU is dismantling the building’s interior, including removing and donating old furniture and securing new homes for the McCollum brothers’ portraits that hung in the lobby for decades. KU also is accepting submissions and posting some McCollum memories online at

When the big day gets closer, I’m sure we’ll have more information about things like road closures and what to expect. Stay tuned.