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LOOK: Demolition of the Kirwan-Blanding complex has begun

Photo by Jason Hope

Photo by Jason Hope

While much of the world is on hold right now due to the coronavirus pandemic, demolition has begun on an iconic part of the University of Kentucky campus. The Kirwan-Blanding dormitory complex is finally being dismantled after sitting vacant for over four years.

Some pictures from Jason Hope on Facebook:

Photo by Jason Hope

Photo by Jason Hope

Photo by Jason Hope

UK friends- just when you thought the world couldn’t be more upside down, they started to demolish South Campus.

Posted by Jason Hope on Thursday, April 16, 2020

The two 23-story towers and eight surrounding low-rise buildings were built in the 1960s and sit on 14 acres. Demolition is expected to cost $15 million ($10 million from an internal loan, $5 million from private funding), which pales in comparison to the $126 million estimate to renovate the buildings to modern standards.

A map of the area, per the Herald-Leader:

Once the complex is demolished — which could take 12-15 months — UK will use the area for a new 500-bed dormitory and large green space. If approved, the goal is to have the dormitory ready for the 2022-23 school year.

Feel free to share your favorite Kirwan-Blanding memories below.

Article written by Mrs. Tyler Thompson

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5 Comments for LOOK: Demolition of the Kirwan-Blanding complex has begun



  1. profmike
    11:10 am April 20, 2020 Permalink

    I lost something there, and it was fun.



  2. chief_cat
    11:25 am April 20, 2020 Permalink

    Great memories of Blanding Beach in 1979 – 1980! From my third floor dorm window I had a perfect view!



  3. bankerbh
    12:02 pm April 20, 2020 Permalink

    Lived in K2 sophomore year having been in Holmes Hall my first year. What an upgrade from tile floors and no AC. Definitely recall the “beach” days with the blow up pools and everyone hanging out. Would be interesting to see today’s students in our old environment. UK would do well to build an old style dorm. They are running into issues w students bolting on weekends and holing up in their rooms w little interaction. The suite style dorms have a lot of downside.



  4. Bill Jackson
    1:29 pm April 20, 2020 Permalink

    Low rise in the fall of 1967, new then, and the football dorm too boot. I was a freshman, and had nothing else to compare it too, but it certainly was nice. TV in the common area, everyone made sure to drop what they were doing to watch the new Batman TV series, SOCK, BAM, BOOM. Good times.



  5. UKgrad80
    3:35 pm April 20, 2020 Permalink

    I remember playing football at the Haggin Hall field against the backdrop of the towers!