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Fraser Hall

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Identification

Fraser Hall
200046

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Structure in General

low-rise building
existing [completed]
limestone
applied masonry
modernism

Usages

school
institutional office

Facts

  • Although only seven floors above ground, this a the most visible structure on the Lawrence/University skyline. On a clear day, motorists approaching Lawrence on I-70 can see Fraser Hall up to 12 milles to the east and five miles to the west.
  • This Fraser Hall replaced Old Fraser which was built in 1872. The historic preservation movement had not started or, some say, the old structure would have been renovated.
  • The exterior design of this building was widely criticized when it was built. One side said the effort to preserve the appearance of old Fraser was an architectural embarrassment to the University, while proponents hailed the success of the effort. Decide for yourself in the photos.
  • Fraser is so visible because it sits on the highest point of Mount Oread, a natural earth formation dividing the Kansas River Valley from the Wakarusa River Valley. Jayhawk Boulevard, the main street of the campus, runs along the hogback dividing the river valleys for a half mile.
  • John Fraser was KU's second chancellor.

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Location

1415 Jayhawk Boulevard
1415 Jayhawk Boulevard
66045
Lawrence
Kansas
U.S.A.

Technical Data

144.00 ft
7
1
1965
1967
2007

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Features & Amenities

  • One of the city's famous buildings
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