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Family ties spawn modern magic

The Zimmerman House, built in 1955, is a thoroughly modern house of a kind not otherwise found in Lawrence. Strongly influenced by Japanese architecture and to a lesser extent by European modernism, it presented a strikingly different house than most people in Lawrence had ever experienced. It was so different that it bewildered, even offended, which […]

A brutalist sanctuary Nov. 12th

Lawrence Modern’s infatuation with 1960s brutalist architecture continues with our next event at the Immanuel Lutheran Church, a building most of us (non-Lutherans) drive by quite often. Brutalist architecture tends to elicit strong reactions, but love it or hate it you can’t ignore it. Rising from the ground like a stripped classical belfry, the Immanuel […]

One for the ages

The Dennis Domer-moderated Q&A on May 7 between architects Jim Williams and Dick Peters at Babcock Place, the retirement home they designed in the early 1970s for the City of Lawrence, was significant not only for recognizing the work of these two august and unrepentant modernists but also alerting us to the fact that we’re probably going to live […]

‘Shadow Figures’ to appear May 7th

At long last, we are delighted to bring two of Lawrence’s most esteemed modern architects, former partners Richard Peters and James Williams, together to talk about one of their most significant yet underappreciated buildings in Lawrence: the Babcock Place retirement facility at 1700 Massachusetts Street. Many people in Lawrence barely notice this 7-story Brutalist-inflected structure, built in 1973, mainly because it […]

Go International Style on Jan. 28th

After finding inspiration in the contemporary architecture presented at the Century of Progress Exposition in 1933, KU history professor James C. Malin designed and built one of the first ‘Modern’ houses in Lawrence. A radically new design in 1930s Kansas, even today the solid concrete ‘fire-safe’ home designed in the International Style might seem more […]