Thursday, September 11, 1924Watson Library opens for student use.
Thursday, March 6, 1947The University of Kansas signs a lease for a new residence hall that will take the name of a famed Kansa chief – thanks to a set of hand-me-down silverware.
Sunday, May 27, 1951The Memorial Carillon and Campanile, a monument to the 277 KU men and women who died in World War II, is formally dedicated atop Mount Oread.
Tuesday, March 1, 1955Dedication of KU’s Allen Fieldhouse takes place on the night of the Jayhawks’ only home conference victory of the 1954-55 season.
Friday, October 2, 1942The University announces that a newly acquired residence hall at 1011 Indiana Street has been named in honor of former longtime KU English professor Dr. Edwin M. Hopkins.
Thursday, June 6, 1872
The Fort Scott Daily Monitor glowingly describes KU's new University Hall (later Fraser Hall), asserting "There is no structure on the American continent … equal to this in size or surpassing it in adaptness for the purposes of higher education."
Thursday, March 11, 1886
Ferdinand Fuller, architect of KU’s first building and a member of the original party sent to Kansas by the Massachusetts Emigrant Aid Society, dies at his home near Lawrence.
Saturday, March 11, 1893
The Kansas Legislature authorizes $50,000 for the construction of a new physics and electrical engineering building, a striking structure resembling a French chateau now remembered as “old” Blake Hall.
Tuesday, March 22, 1898
Fire destroys KU’s engineering building and heating plant, prompting Kansas City businessman George A. Fowler to donate $18,000 to rebuild the facilities, which became known as the Fowler Shops.
Friday, November 3, 1905
KU formally dedicates the original Green Hall, home of the School of Law.
Friday, February 25, 1910
KU dedicates Marvin Hall to house the School of Engineering and Haworth Hall for the Departments of Mineralogy and Geology.
Friday, October 7, 1910
The Presbyterian Church celebrates a Dedicatory Service for Westminster Hall, a new religious center for University of Kansas students that will end up serving as a women’s dormitory from 1933 to 1946.
Monday, June 5, 1911
A Commencement regatta and other aquatic athletic events mark the completion of Potter Lake.
Friday, October 6, 1911
Nearly 1,000 women attend a rally at the original Robinson Gymnasium to call for the construction of a women’s dormitory that ultimately will become Corbin Hall.
Monday, June 21, 1920
In a special referendum, Rosedale voters approve a $30,000 bond issue, enabling acquisition of today’s KU Medical Center campus site and convincing state legislators to approve $435,000 for a new hospital and other Medical School additions.
Tuesday, May 10, 1921
Four thousand KU students and faculty members tear down McCook Field, clearing the way for the construction of present-day Memorial Stadium.
Thursday, January 12, 1922
The Young Women’s Christian Association acquires Henley House, which will become a “gathering place” for KU women and the scene of an “experiment” in integrated undergraduate student housing.
Saturday, November 11, 1922
The University celebrates Armistice Day by formally dedicating Memorial Stadium, built to honor the 129 KU students and alumni who gave their lives in World War I.
Thursday, September 11, 1924
Watson Library opens for student use.
Sunday, June 8, 1930
Present-day Snow Hall is dedicated, replacing the original Snow Hall that had fallen into disrepair.
Monday, January 4, 1932
Watkins Memorial Hospital is officially opened in what is now present-day Twente Hall.
Saturday, June 4, 1932
KU's Prairie Acre is formally set aside to “preserve Nature’s sweet fashion of making Her own garden.”
Wednesday, November 30, 1932
After the state architect declares Dyche Hall structurally unsound, the Board of Regents closes KU’s Natural History Museum for a period that will end up lasting nine years.
Friday, July 28, 1939
The Summer Session Kansan announces that renovations are nearly complete on “The Outlook,” the new official KU chancellor’s residence – a willed gift from the recently deceased University benefactress Elizabeth Watkins.
Thursday, September 21, 1939
Charter members of the Jayhawk Co-op formally adopt a constitution, establishing their Kentucky Street residence as the first independent cooperative housing arrangement at KU.
Wednesday, October 4, 1939
Campus House becomes a formally recognized independent women’s residence hall approved by the University.
Monday, June 10, 1940
University Chancellor Deane W. Malott announces that a recently acquired mansion being transformed into a men’s scholarship hall will be named in honor of Olin Templin, longtime KU administrator and professor.
Wednesday, June 26, 1940
KU begins renovations that will transform the former official chancellor’s residence at 1345 Louisiana Street into a men’s scholarship dormitory known as Carruth Hall.
Tuesday, February 4, 1941
The Rock Chalk Co-op, housing approximately 25 men in a rented Rhode Island Street home, begins its formal existence in time for the start of spring semester 1941 classes.
Friday, September 19, 1941
1121 Ohio Street becomes the first of four Mount Oread-area men’s housing cooperatives that will bear the name of John Moore.
Friday, December 12, 1941
After obtaining a federal priority rating by agreeing that Lindley Hall would “assume defense tasks” for the duration of World War II, KU begins work on the construction of its new mineral industries building.
Saturday, January 24, 1942
The KU Endowment Association announces acquisition of the house that will become Jolliffe Hall, a building that will serve variously as a residence hall for undergraduate men and women, and be slathered in lime green paint for much of its existence.
Friday, October 2, 1942
The University announces that a newly acquired residence hall at 1011 Indiana Street has been named in honor of former longtime KU English professor Dr. Edwin M. Hopkins.
Tuesday, September 28, 1943
Hillcrest House, located less than a block from KU’s campus, formally begins its run as an “organized house” for independent women students.
Monday, September 24, 1945
A portion of the Lawrence Women’s Club becomes a temporary student residence hall during KU’s post-World War II housing crunch.
Tuesday, January 22, 1946
Amid a post-World War II campus housing crunch, the University Daily Kansan reports that 80 male students – nearly all returned veterans – will soon move into the basement of present-day Spooner Hall, then known as the Spooner-Thayer Museum of Art.
Tuesday, April 2, 1946
Danforth Chapel is officially dedicated.
Wednesday, May 22, 1946
Kansas Governor Andrew Schoeppel announces that KU will receive a surplus US Army barracks building, a structure that will become the 160-man dormitory known as Oread Hall.
Friday, August 16, 1946
KU formally announces that the Kappa Sigma fraternity house will cease its temporary wartime function as a women’s dormitory known as Tipperary Hall.
Thursday, October 3, 1946
The University Daily Kansan reports that a Vermont Street church has become a temporary men’s student residence.
Friday, November 15, 1946
Male students begin moving into makeshift quarters underneath the east-wing stands of Memorial Stadium, an emergency post-World War II housing arrangement known as McCook Hall.
Thursday, March 6, 1947
The University of Kansas signs a lease for a new residence hall that will take the name of a famed Kansa chief – thanks to a set of hand-me-down silverware.
Tuesday, June 29, 1948
The Summer Session Kansan reports that the Sleepy Hollow women's residence hall will become the new home of the Don Henry Co-op.
Monday, September 26, 1949
Following more than two months of heavy labor spent converting a former horse barn into a livable student residence, a dozen KU men move into what will become known as the Hill Co-op.
Saturday, October 8, 1949
The University announces that a recently acquired Louisiana Street home will be called Oliver Hall, in honor of KU’s first chancellor, paving the way for it to become part of a two-house complex known as Sterling-Oliver that will join KU’s scholarship hall system.
Monday, August 14, 1950
The University of Kansas purchases the residence located at 1043 Indiana Street, which will become known as “Varsity House” and serve as a dormitory principally for KU football players during the 1950s.
Monday, September 18, 1950
The Twin Pines Co-op, housing 25 men in a rented Ohio Street home, begins its formal existence in time for the start of the fall 1950 semester.
Thursday, February 1, 1951
The men of the just established Rochdale Co-op begin their first semester of classes from their new Ohio Street home.
Sunday, May 27, 1951
The Memorial Carillon and Campanile, a monument to the 277 KU men and women who died in World War II, is formally dedicated atop Mount Oread.
Tuesday, June 12, 1951
The Summer Session Kansan reports that a wood-frame house at 1115 Louisiana Street, recently acquired by the University of Kansas for use as a women’s dormitory, will be named in honor of the late Frank Hodder, a longtime KU history professor and the original owner of the home.
Tuesday, May 26, 1953
The KU Endowment Association acquires Pioneer Cemetery, Lawrence’s first burial ground, after Chancellor Franklin Murphy and his daughters stumble upon the neglected site.
Tuesday, March 1, 1955
Dedication of KU’s Allen Fieldhouse takes place on the night of the Jayhawks’ only home conference victory of the 1954-55 season.
Sunday, December 4, 1955
After serving as “temporary” women’s housing for 12 years, Foster Hall finally becomes a men’s scholarship residence as originally intended.
Thursday, August 13, 1959
The University of Kansas announces that demolition of Locksley Hall, one of the most unusual living arrangements on the KU campus, will be completed by September 1, 1959.
Saturday, February 17, 1962
The Kansas Board of Regents votes funds to replace the original Fraser Hall, claiming it had "outlived its usefulness."
Monday, November 20, 1967
KU unveils preliminary architectural plans for its new humanities building, later named Wescoe Hall, a 25-story skyscraper that would have been the tallest building in Kansas.
Tuesday, November 1, 1977
Ground is broken for the construction of the Satellite Student Union, now known as the Burge Student Union that was named in honor of Frank Burge, longtime director of the Kansas Union.
Friday, May 16, 1980
Joe Smith, owner of the popular late-night spot Joe's Bakery, retires from the daily operation of the store after 28 years. His son Ralph re-opens the operation when classes resume in the fall.
Sunday, May 25, 1986
KU dedicates its Vietnam Memorial in Marvin Grove, becoming the first university in the country to build such a monument.
Saturday, October 7, 1989
KU dedicates the $13.9 million Marian and Fred Anschutz Science Library.
Saturday, October 29, 1994
Spooner Hall, the oldest continuously used academic building on the campus of the University of Kansas, marks its one-hundredth anniversary.
Friday, September 18, 1998
Strong Hall becomes the fourth KU building to merit a listing on the National Register of Historic Places.
Monday, October 22, 2001
Bailey Hall, one of the University’s oldest buildings, is entered on the National Register of Historic Places.
Wednesday, October 2, 2002
KU announces that its 1887 powerhouse building will be transformed into a new home for the Hall Center for the Humanities.
Tuesday, May 4, 2021
This online exhibit provides a pictorial timeline of the KU Memorial Union, as it celebrates its centennial.
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