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Name Bemis Lawrence Hall (WKU)
Details Other Names - Dormitory 6
Date Built - 1966
Dedication - Oct. 14, 1967
Cost of Construction - $1,300,000
Gross Square Feet - 74,426 (1969)
Architects - Frank Cain, W.S. Arrasmith, Arnold Judd & Joseph Wilk

Namesake:
Bemis Lawrence served as Vice-Chairman of WKU's Board of Regents from 1955 to 1966. He was born December 1, 1914 in Tompkinsville, Kentucky. Lawrence received his A.B. degree from Western in 1936 and earned his Bachelor of Laws degree in 1940 at the University of Louisville. He served as county commissioner of Jefferson County Fiscal Court, president of the Louisville Bar Assoication and taught real estate law at the University of Louisville. Lawrence also served as an administrative assistant to J.Edgar Hoover in the FBI during the 1940s. He died August 21, 1975 while boating on Lake Cumberland.

History:
Constructed in conjunction with Barnes-Campbell. Bemis Lawrence was dedicated on October 14, 1967. The 9 story men's dormitory was equipped with air-conditioning, self-service elevators, a spacious lobby and waiting areas, and apartments for a director and an assistant director. Bemis Lawrence housed 392 men. Each room accommodated 2 students.

Additions

2002 - created 12 new rooms making a total of 374

College Heights Herald Articles

1967 October 14, p. 9
1974 February 8, p. 5; December 3, p. 2
1978 February 7, p. 3; March 5, p. 3
1987 January 27, p. 21
1989 April 18, p. 7; October 3, p. 1
1990 April 24, p. 10A
1991 March 7, p. 1
1999 October 19, p. 1; October 26, p. 4; November 18, p. 3
2001 October 25, p. 1

Asp, Sarah. Fogging Turns Bemis Cockroaches Belly-up, Jan. 24, 2002
H. Bemis Lawrence Dies, Aug. 26, 1975.
Hopkins, Shawntaye. Four Dorms Converted to Single-sex for Fall 2004, Dec. 4, 2003, p. 1, 8A

Park City Daily News Articles:

Louisville Firm Low Dorm Bidder, Sep. 5, 1965 - Leo C. Miller Construction
Sisco, Scott. Western Shuffles Students During Renovation, Jan. 4, 2003
Six Big Western Construction Projects to Cost $9.6 Million, May 1, 1966

Louisville Courier-Journal Articles

Building Boom at Colleges Keeps Growing, Aug. 21, 1966
Duncan, Tom. Western Pushing Dormitory Plan, Mar. 20, 1965

Documents & Primary Sources

UA2 Board of Regents Meetings - http://digitalcommons.wku.edu/bor/

1998 - January 30
1966 - August 4
1965 - March 3

UA3/3/4 Kelly Thompson - Construction File - inventory - http://digitalcommons.wku.edu/dlsc_ua_fin_aid/103/

UA11 University Relations - Building & Construction File

UA30/1/2 Planning, Design & Construction - Building File - inventory - http://digitalcommons.wku.edu/dlsc_ua_fin_aid/58/
Archives Entries 15
Library Entries 0
Object Entries 0
Photograph Entries 44

Associated Records

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Ross Tarrant
Smith, N.

Planning, Design & Construction (WKU) - HOK Ross Tarrant Smith, N.

Blueprints, drawings and plans of WKU buildings and campus created by the Department of Planning, Design & Construction.

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Records created during the construction and renovation of buildings at WKU.

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WKU Archives -

Images of Bemis Lawrence Hall.

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Coburn, Rhonda -

Paper: "Famous Ghost Legends at Western Kentucky University" written by Rhonda Coburn for a Western Kentucky University folk studies class. (MSS)

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WKU President's Office - Thompson -

Construction file regarding construction of new buildings, renovation of existing buildings and bond issues during Kelly Thompson's tenure as WKU President.

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Special Events (WKU)

Western Kentucky University - President's Office (WKU) Special Events (WKU)

Records regarding special ceremonies, dedications, groundbreakings not already housed in a particular office.

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Franklin Studio
Hagen-Booth, Sheryl
Public Affairs (WKU)
Talisman
Towers

WKU Archives - Athletic Media Relations Franklin Studio Hagen-Booth, Sheryl Public Affairs (WKU) Talisman Towers

Photographs, negatives, postcards, drawings, slides and digital images of Western Kentucky University buildings. Includes buildings of founding institutions. Subseries 1. Academic Athletic Performance Center / Diddle Arena Subseries 2. Academic Complex Subseries 3. Agricultural Exposition Center Subseries 4. Proposed Buildings Subseries 5. Barnes-Campbell Subseries 6. Barracks Subseries 7. Bates-Runner Subseries 8. Bemis Lawrence Subseries 9. Cabell Hall Subseries 10. Cedar House aka Faculty House Subseries 11. West Hall Subseries 12. Unidentified Subseries 13. Cherry Hall, 1937+ Subseries 14. Glasgow Normal School Subseries

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Campus master plan showing existing and proposed buildings published in the College Heights Herald. Larger version available online at: <a href="http://digitalcommons.wku.edu/dlsc_ua_records/4702">http://digitalcommons.wku.edu/dlsc_ua_records/4702</a>.

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College Heights Herald, Vol. 47, No. 3 available online at: <a href="http://digitalcommons.wku.edu/dlsc_ua_records/4730">http://digitalcommons.wku.edu/dlsc_ua_records/4730</a> WKU campus newspaper reporting campus, athletic and Bowling Green, Kentucky news. This issue contains articles: WKU Enrollment Soars to 10,149 Dedication Oct. 14 for New Buildings - Grise Hall, Helm Library, Taylor Agricultural Center, Bemis Lawrence Hall, Wetherby Hall, Barnes-Campbell Hall, Rodes-Harlin Hall, Hardin Planetarium, Thompson Science Complex Fellowships Available for Top Scholars Frosh Elections Initiate Policy for Voting Another Breakthrough for Greeks; Sorority Housing Is Approved Red Towels t

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College Heights Herald, Vol. 47, No. 6 available online at: <a href="http://digitalcommons.wku.edu/dlsc_ua_records/4727">http://digitalcommons.wku.edu/dlsc_ua_records/4727</a> WKU campus newspaper reporting campus, athletic and Bowling Green, Kentucky news. This issue contains articles: Hilltop Highlight - Campus Commemoration Barnes-Campbell Twin to Bemis Lawrence Dorm Honors Sheridan Barnes, Don Campbell Functional Design Keynotes Wetherby Administration Building Homecoming Theme Chosen Thompson Science Complex Expands for Student Needs Planetarium Honors Hardin Thompson; Former Staffer Today's Issue Many Ways Special Greeting from Chairmen of Dedication Celebration Pre-ca

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College Heights Herald, Vol. 49, No. 4 available online at: <a href="http://digitalcommons.wku.edu/dlsc_ua_records/4761">http://digitalcommons.wku.edu/dlsc_ua_records/4761</a> WKU campus newspaper reporting campus, athletic and Bowling Green, Kentucky news. This issue contains articles: Fraternities Face Disciplinary Action Third District Education Association Set for WKU Major MayKlebanoff Billed to Speak at 8 Tonight Peace Move Gains Impetus Vietnam Moratorium Builds Cinema Guild Debut Set Fitch, Rick. Chicago Conspiracy Trial Opens Amid Protest Phi Delta Kappa to Meet Friday Folk Song Meeting Set - Lost River Folk Song Society Elect Leadership Which Will Last Czech Libera

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College Heights Herald, Vol. 50, No. 2 available online at: <a href="http://digitalcommons.wku.edu/dlsc_ua_records/5021">http://digitalcommons.wku.edu/dlsc_ua_records/5021</a> WKU campus newspaper reporting campus, athletic and Bowling Green, Kentucky news. This issue contains articles: Smith, Verenda. Defense Okay, Offense Lacking as Steady Rains Impede Football Practice Budde, Neil. Two Veterans Brighten Women's Golf Prospects Harris, Roger & Fred Lawrence. Talent-Laden WKU Runners Eye Laurels Collins, Don & Verenda Smith. Murray and Western Picked to Top Ohio Valley Conference Battle Foreseen on Tennis Club Payton, Richard. Intramural Meetings Set Collins, Don. Western Gradua

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College Heights Herald, Vol. 50, No. 27 available online at: <a href="http://digitalcommons.wku.edu/dlsc_ua_records/5044">http://digitalcommons.wku.edu/dlsc_ua_records/5044</a> WKU campus newspaper reporting campus, athletic and Bowling Green, Kentucky news. This issue contains articles: Steen, Janet. Student Volunteer Bureau Weakens Without Funds Reynolds, Jim. Rising Electricity Rates Cut into Western Budget Gephart, Tom. Veto Override Would Hike Vets Aid William Buckley to Speak Here Friday Dorm Gives $184 to Humane Society - Bemis Lawrence Hall Teaching Positions Becoming Available Day, Mary. Yule Season Arrives Tomorrow Forensic Team Wins Ohio Valley Conference Universi

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Architectural rendering of Bemis Lawrence Hall

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UA1C2.8.2 - F1093-2

Bemis Lawrence Hall

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Unidentified Bemis Lawrence residents. If you recognize this photo and can help identify the people or the event, please send feedback - above.

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UA1C1.11 - FOS6-2

Aerial photograph of campus.

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UA1C1.12 - FOS6-3

Aerial photograph of campus.

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UA1C1.13 - FOS4-1

Aerial photograph of campus and Bowling Green.