Lawrence's Downtown Historic District

Generally along Massachusetts St. bet. 6th Ave. and S. park St., Lawrence, Kansas

This historical district encompasses Massachusetts Street from 6th to South Park.


Lawrence's Downtown Historic District

looking south from 7th & Massachusetts

Photo taken by iconions in February 2013



Street View 


From the National Register application:

"Lawrence's Downtown Commercial Historic District comprises the extant core of the historic central business district of Lawrence, Kansas. It is generally located along Massachusetts Street between 6th and South Park streets. Massachusetts Street is the primary north/south artery through the downtown. A grid-system of streets in Lawrence's downtown runs to the four compass points. Lawrence's downtown is located on a generally level area which slopes gently down to the Kansas River to the south. Diagonal parking is provided along Massachusetts Street, and parallel parking along New Hampshire and Vermont Streets. There are wide concrete sidewalks with curbs, light standards, and stop lights at intersections. The outside edges of the district are defined either by vacant lots and parking lots, most of which were formed by the demolition of historic commercial buildings; non-historic buildings; or historic buildings which have been irreversibly altered. Most of the extant buildings in this district have identical setbacks; i.e., most are constructed to the edge of the property line along the sidewalks. Primary building materials are brick and stone. The ends of the blocks tend to be anchored with larger buildings with more monumental appearances, and smaller one- to two-story buildings are situated in the center of the block."

National Register information 

Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on July 15, 2004
Reference number
Architectural styles
Victorian; Late 19th and 20th Century Revival
Areas of significance
Commerce; Architecture; Community Planning and Development
Level of significance
Evaluation criteria
A - Event; C - Design/Construction
Property type
Historic functions
Specialty store; Warehouse; Hotel
Current functions
Specialty store; Business
Periods of significance
1850-1874; 1875-1899; 1900-1924; 1925-1949; 1950-1974
Number of properties
Contributing buildings: 99
Contributing structures: 1
Contributing sites: 1
Contributing objects: 1
Non-contributing buildings: 33
Non-contributing sites: 1

Update Log 

  • August 17, 2019: New photo from Ron Reber
  • August 10, 2016: New Street View added by Bill Eichelberger