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Rhody Delahunty Complex

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Built: 1871 | Year Saved: 2015
Contributor: Kansas Preservation Alliance

The site of the Rhody Delahunty Complex in Lawrence originally served as both home and business for Rhody Delahunty, a first-generation Irish immigrant driven from his homeland during the mid-nineteenth century famine. He built his two story home in 1871, where he also ran a transfer and storage company out of a barn. He moved everything from butchered meat to construction equipment, and when his son Tom took over the business it acquired the first truck to haul cargo in the Lawrence of 1920. Hernly Associates bought the neglected property from the City of Lawrence in 2014, embarking on a rehabilitation of the buildings on the site, and the property now once again stands as a prominent anchor on “Merchants Row.”

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