History of Halcyon House

The house which is now Halcyon, standing at 1000 Ohio, was built in 1885. It’s believed it has always been a boarding house. Once a couple stay for a few days that lived in the house back in the 1920's while attending KU. They told of living upstairs and waking on cold winter mornings to find snow on their blankets. In the 1940's, a KU professor was fired from his position for holding meetings in the house supporting of passivism.  In the most recent past, the house was known as The House on Pooh Corner. The front hall boasted a large mural of Winnie the Pooh, Christopher Robin, Eeyore and Piglet having a picnic. Pooh Corner became one of the many notorious hippie hang outs in Lawrence. Old Hippies still stop by Halcyon from time to time to reminisce. 

In the early 1980s the house was completely renovated taking years to complete. The house was raised on stilts while the old stone foundation was removed and new concrete poured in. They stripped it to the studs and lovingly put it all back together again.

In 1985, good friends Esther Wolfe and Gail Towle opened the first B&B in the state of Kansas, and Halcyon House has been here ever since.

You might not think very many interesting people come to Kansas, but Halcyon has been hosting celebrities & scholars for over 30 years. From Zen Buddhist monks, Supreme Court Justices, TV & Movie celebrities to string theorists, you just never know who you might be sharing a cup of coffee with in the kitchen at Halcyon.

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What does Halcyon mean?

Halcyon is defined as a mythical bird, usually identified with the kingfisher, said to breed at the time of the winter solstice in a nest floating on the sea, and to have the power of charming winds and waves into calmness.

synonyms: happy, golden, idyllic, carefree, blissful, joyful, joyous, contented; flourishing, thriving, prosperous, successful; serene, calm, tranquil, peaceful 

"the halcyon days of our youth"

We chose this name because this is how we want our guests to feel when visiting Lawrence.