Eight of the University of Kansas’ scholarship halls, the chancellor’s residence and the beloved Danforth Chapel are all part of this new historic district map (pdf) recently listed in the National Register of Historic Places.
The National Park Service added the University of Kansas East Historic District to the register this month. The district covers the period of 1912-1963 and contains 15 contributing buildings and objects related to student housing and student life. It is roughly bounded by 13th Street to the north, Louisiana Street to the east, 16th Street to the south and Oread Avenue and Lilac Lane to the west.
“I can’t tell you how many alumni have shared with me their fond memories of living in a scholarship hall or of getting married in Danforth Chapel. These places are central to the lives of so many Jayhawks, and we’re pleased to be able to preserve these buildings and landscapes so that current and future students can have similar experiences while at KU,” Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little said.
The heart of the Lawrence Campus earned the same recognition in April 2013 and was the first campus historic district in the state.
Members of the Historic Mount Oread Friends worked with the Campus Historic Preservation and Heritage Advisory boards to define the district in consultation with Rosin Preservation, Treanor Architects and landscape historian Carol Grove.
To be eligible for inclusion in the state or federal registers, properties must generally retain their historic appearance, be at least 50 years old and have demonstrated significance, either historically or architecturally. Historic districts generally must be contiguous. Inclusion in the registers makes properties eligible for state and federal financial incentives, such as tax credits.
The National Register of Historic Places is the country’s official list of historically significant properties, while the Register of Historic Kansas Places performs the same role at the state level. Properties included in the National Register are automatically listed in the State Register; however, not all properties listed in the State Register are included in the National Register. The University of Kansas East Historic District was added to the State Register in November 2013.