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A Spot That I Love Full Well

Exploring Kansas State University's historic limestone buildings

Founded in 1863 as the nation’s first public land-grant University, Kansas State’s storied Manhattan campus has undoubtedly amassed an extraordinary legacy spanning more than a century and a half. Encompassing 668 acres within the heart of the Flint Hills, the campus boasts an array of architectural styles that collectively narrate its rich history. The university's iconic edifices showcase diverse variations of classical design, all adorned with native limestone. Sourced from local quarries scattered across the region, this native limestone has been a foundational element since the institution's inception. Explore our compilation of the most cherished buildings on the K-State campus.

Anderson Hall

Built between 1877 and 1885 in three phases, K-State’s trademark, administrative building was constructed of Cottonwood Limestone.

Fairchild Hall

Constructed in 1894 for $70,000, this was K-State’s original library. It now houses the Office of Student Financial Assistance.

Kedzie Hall

Completed in 1897, this building holds the distinction of being the first in the nation primarily dedicated to the pursuit of home economics education.

Nichols Hall

The Castle famously caught fire in 1968, burning all the Department of Music’s sheet music except the Wabash Cannonball, which has since become a beloved school anthem.

Calvin Hall

Named in honor of Henrietta Willard Calvin, the building was completed in 1908 for a total cost of $70,000.

Holton Hall

Built in 1900 for $25,000, this spectacular building is the home of Student Services and the Office of Student Life. 

Hale Library

Dedicated in 1997 following a storied past as Farrell Library, the grand Hale Library encompasses an expansive 400,000 square feet. Its three levels house an extensive collection of books and provide a sanctuary for study, highlighted by the renowned Great Room.

Holtz Hall

Built in 1876, this is the oldest free-standing structure on campus, and one of the oldest college buildings in Kansas.

Dickens Hall

Constructed in 1908 and boasting elegant staircase entrance, greenhouses graced the north side of Dickens Hall until the 1980s.

Ahearn Fieldhouse

Constructed of Silverdale and Ft. Riley Limestone, over 4.8 million people watched the men’s basketball team play here between 1950 and 1988.

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