A little-known story – I came into possession of a carved stone that was salvaged when Old Snow Hall was torn down. Knowing its importance, I worked with the KU Endowment to make sure this little, albeit heavy, piece of history was properly looked after. Below are excerpts from the flier that is given out once this stone found it’s new home in the DeBruce Center.
Old Snow Hall was one of KU’s first four campus buildings. It was a highlight of campus from the 1880s until the 1930s, and hosted KU’s early physical education classes.
Many activities were held in the large basement room of Snow. Dr. Naismith officed in the building and oversaw the very first games of basketball on campus in this very room…
The basement was inadequate as a basketball gym, with pillars in the middle of the room and a ceiling only 11 ft high. To improve the area for basketball, the floor was dug out 3 ft under the foundation. Perhaps consequentially, the building was condemned in the 1930s and tom down.
The stone on exhibit was saved from salvage by Keith Middlemas, KU alum, and stone mason, and offered to the DeBruce Center through KU Endowment in 2016.
It has been quite a while since our digital cottage tucked off the beaten path of the information highway has been updated. While it is a work in progress, it is now faster and will work on everything from desktop computers to new hand-held phones and tablets.
While it is a work in progress, it is now faster and will work on everything from desktop computers to new hand-held phones and tablets.
There are still pictures that need to be uploaded and documents, but in the meantime, please look around and enjoy.
We were asked to replicate a 1:1 scale musket last summer. The original was broken over the course of time. It was an 1853 backpowder musket for a civil war monument in Missouri.
The Carnegie building was constructed in 1904 with a grant from Andrew Carnegie. During the 1930’s an addition was build to accommodate the growing volume of books and materials. It served as the Lawrence public library until a new library was constructed in 1972.
The Lawrence Arts Center inhabited the building from 1975 through 2002. It was also in 1975 that the building was added to the National Register of Historic Places as the Old City Library.
In January of 2011 the Lawrence Parks and Recreation Department began operating the facility, once again making it available for public use. Destination Management and the Freedom’s Frontier National Heritage Area will have offices in the facility, as well as exhibit space to display historical information about Lawrence and the surrounding area.
The City asked us to create a new sign worthy of this historic building within the City’s budget. We took great pains to find stone that was the same hue as the building so it would look as if it has been there since the original construction, The resulting sign also has a column carved into the end like the entrance to the building.
Here’s an archived piece that 6 News Lawrence did on our work restoring the Douglas County Courthouse.
Here is a story we scanned from Stone Business Magazine about our work and some of the projects we done from March of 2009. If you click on the image to the right it will download an Adobe Acrobat file for your viewing pleasure.