Watson Library

(Narration by Roberta Spires)

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Location: Jayhawk Boulevard between the Lilac Lane cul-de-sac and Sunflower Foad
Occupied: 1924
Architect: George L. Chandler; Ray L. Gamble, State Architect
Contractor: Arthur N. Newman and Co., Des Moines, Iowa
Levels: five; book stacks were at both ends and on the south side
Exterior walls: Indiana limestone, cut and coursed
Foundation: reinforced concrete
Structure: reinforced concrete, structural steel, penitentiary brick
Roof: red clay flat tile; hip end cross gables behind parapet facades
Window surrounds: first story — stone transforms under flat arch; second story — pointed stone arches over pre-cast art stone;
engaged pilasters separate windows; mid-story bay windows at ends
Door surrounds: pointed glass transom under pointed arch
Entry plaza: rebuilt in 1982 based on the original 1920s concept, with limestone walls,
concrete ramp, iron railings, and four side porches

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