Massachusetts Street

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Lawrence's Downtown Historic District
Massachusetts Street in downtown Lawrence, Kansas.jpg
Massachusetts Street looking south, 2014
Massachusetts Street is located in Kansas
Massachusetts Street
Massachusetts Street is located in the United States
Massachusetts Street
LocationAlong Massachusetts between Sixth and South Park Streets, Lawrence, Kansas
Coordinates38°57′59″N 95°14′10″W / 38.96639°N 95.23611°W / 38.96639; -95.23611Coordinates: 38°57′59″N 95°14′10″W / 38.96639°N 95.23611°W / 38.96639; -95.23611
Area48.1 acres (19.5 ha)
Architectural styleLate Victorian, Neoclassical architecture
MPSLawrence, Kansas MPS
NRHP reference No.04000685[1]
Added to NRHPJuly 15, 2004

Massachusetts Street (often referred to colloquially as either Mass Street or Mass) is the main street that runs through the central business district of downtown Lawrence, Kansas. It begins just south of the Kansas River at Sixth Street and continues south until reaching Haskell Indian Nations University. The street was given its name by members of the New England Emigrant Aid Company, most of whom were from the state of Massachusetts.[2] In 2014, Mass Street was named the most popular tourist attraction in Kansas by TripAdvisor.[3]

The 900 block of Massachusetts Street, 2009

The 600 through 1200 block of Massachusetts is also listed on the National Register of Historical Places under Lawrence's Historical District. Most of the buildings were built between 1856 and 1953. Listed separately under the National Register are the Eldridge Hotel, the Douglas County Courthouse and Watkins National Bank (now Watkins Community Museum). Other listings along Mass Street but not located downtown are the Breezedale Historic District, the Goodrich House, the Edward House House, the Mackie House and the Roberts House (now the Castle Tea Room that was designed by Kansas State Capitol architect John G. Haskell).

Other historic businesses and sites of interest along Massachusetts Street are Liberty Hall, the Free State Brewing Company (Kansas' first legal brewery in over 100 years),[4] the Round Corner Pharmacy (which was the longest-running pharmacy in the state until closing in 2009),[5] the House Building (the only downtown building to survive Quantrill's Raid), the Replay Lounge, the Granada (a former theater and popular music venue), South Park (a city park established when Lawrence was founded in 1854), and Liberty Memorial Central Middle School (located in a former high school built in 1923).


  1. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. July 9, 2010.
  2. ^ "About the City". City of Lawrence. Retrieved 2014-05-29. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  3. ^ Nguyen, Vi-An (2014-05-24). "The Most Popular Tourist Attractions in All 50 States, According to TripAdvisor". Parade Publications. Retrieved 2014-05-29. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  4. ^ "Free State - About". The Free State Brewing Company. Retrieved June 3, 2011. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  5. ^ Fagan, Mark (July 8, 2009). "Round Corner Drug, Cheese Shoppe closes". The World Company. Retrieved June 3, 2011. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)