Author Archives: Lawrence Modern

Stop KU’s demolition of Smith Hall!

Irma I. Smith Hall, home of the Department of Religious Studies located on the prominent northeast entrance of 13th Street & Oread Avenue is slated for demolition. The University of Kansas administration will seek permission from the Kansas Board of Regents to demolish the building during the summer or fall of 2023 after only 55 […]

Studio 804 Shines at 519 Indiana

Lawrence Modern has long maintained an interest in the work of distinguished professor Dan Rockhill’s Studio 804, the KU School of Architecture’s hands-on, design/build master class. Each spring we look forward to seeing what his tech-savvy students have concocted using the latest building technologies, usually from the always innovating Germans and Swedes. And while midcentury […]

Painting this old (midcentury) house

Like death and taxes, painting your house is another one of those things in life that eventually comes calling. According to a cursory search on the internet, most homeowners can expect to repaint their house every 10 to 15 years, depending on the type of siding they have and other factors. Which sounds a lot […]

A constructivist appreciation

On May 1st, Lawrence Modern gathered for its first event in nearly three years at the former Zimmerman Steel building in east Lawrence. A veritable Sunday buffet of architecture cogniscenti were guest speakers, including the Lawrence Preservation Alliance’s Dennis Brown, architect Stan Hernly, our own Tom Harper and Dennis Domer, as well as the principals […]

Zig Zag love May 1st

For our first event in more than two years, we are excited to offer fans of midcentury modern industrial style buildings—count us among them—the opportunity to tour one of the most noteworthy examples in Lawrence, the Zimmerman Steel building, now owned by Mar Lan Construction. Built in 1959 (an office designed by the local architecture firm […]