Campus considered: Stop Day Walking Tour set for May 8

Posted on May 4, 2015 in Campus News and News

Ted Johnson gives a walking tour of the KU campus. Photo by Steve Puppe. |
Professor Ted Johnson’s annual Stop Day Walking Tour is again set for a 9 a.m. Stop Day (May 8) launch in front of Dyche Hall. But after its traditional morning schedule—considering the delightful sculptures draped across the Natural History Museum’s limestone façade, Dyche Hall’s interplay with its Jayhawk Boulevard neighbor Spooner Hall, and Lippincott Hall and the Wilcox Classical Museum—this year’s Mount Oread tour offers a significant departure from the traditional itinerary.

Because the trip down and then back up the Hill proved an arduous journey for some participants, Johnson will no longer take the group to Green Hall or spend the lunch hour at the Burge Union. Instead, Johnson will offer his curious trekkers an opportunity to discuss Watson Library’s College Gothic architecture, Stauffer-Flint Hall’s Romanesque Revival eastern façade, and even the “late Brutalism” of Wescoe Hall. Lunch will be in The Underground, in the basement of Wescoe Hall.

From there the group will visit another new destination for Johnson’s campus tour: Spencer Research Library. From Spencer the group will walk to the Chi Omega fountain, then consider the war monuments along Memorial Drive before adjourning at Spooner Hall’s Weaver Court.

As always, participants are free to join the free tour at any point during the day. For more information, contact Johnson at or the Department of Humanities at

—Chris Lazzarino

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