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Save Smith Hall Open House: ‘We’re all in it together’

Smith Hall, home to KU’s Department of Religious Studies, has been earmarked for demolition. Lawrence Modern, alongside the Lawrence Preservation Alliance and the Historic Mount Oread Friends groups, hosted an Open House on Saturday, Dec. 3 to raise awareness of the building’s plight. The event drew an estimated 125 attendees—current and former students, faculty, staff […]

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 […]