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Spooner Hall
Spooner Hall, the sixth building to be erected at the University of Kansas, is a Romanesque structure in two colors of stone (Oread limestone quarried onsite and imported Dakota red sandstone) and sits proudly atop Mount Oread with a beautiful view over the valley to the east.

Carol Shankel and Barbara Watkins bring together photographs and documents that trace the building from its construction in 1893 to its current use, highlighting the many colorful personalities associated with the building along the way. Their book celebrates not only the building’s architectural richness and importance, but also its changing roles. Order Now


Historic Mount Oread
Architectural facts and historical information for thirty buildings and landmarks on the University of Kansas campus are presented in a handy reference book. 2nd edition, 2001, black and white photographs. Paperbound. By Sandra Wiechert. Order Now

On The Hill
3rd Edition, 2007. 30 New Photographs and a New Chapter bring the KU story up to date. Hardcover. This rich collection of photographs spans 125 years, two world wars, the Great Depression, the turbulent 60s, and everything in between. More than 400 images depict the growth and changes that took the University of Kansas from a small collection of buildings on a treeless hill to the major educational center it is today. Compiled by Virginia Adams, et al. Order Now

Old Fraser
From the Historic Mount Oread Friends, a nostalgic and bittersweet history of Fraser hall, built in 1872 and demolished in 1965. Sixty-five black and white photos. Hardcover. Photos and period quotes document one of the stateliest buildings ever on the KU campus. Compiled by Carol Shankel and Barbara Watkins. Available from the KU Bookstore and the University Press of Kansas Order Now

Dyche Hall: University of Kansas Museum of Natural History 1903-2003
Dyche Hall, arguably the most beautiful building on the KU campus, is the subject of this book commemorating the 100th anniversary of the completion of the building. The book is the second in HMOF’s “biography of a building” series." Compiled by Carol Shankel and Barbara Watkins. Order Now