History of SRC

History of the Names and Locations of SRC

The Senior Resource Center for Douglas County, Inc. (SRC) began in October 1972 as the Douglas County Planning Council on Services for the Aging, Inc. This soon became commonly known as the Council on Aging, or COA. In 1979, the COA began the process of changing its name to Douglas County Senior Services, Inc. (DCSS) because the new name would be more descriptive of the work that was done at the Senior Center. However, the name was not legally changed until 1988. In 2016, the organization reinvented itself once again, becoming the Senior Resource Center for Douglas County, Inc.

Although early meetings were held in a room at the United Methodist Church at 946 Vermont, agency operations began in a single rented room above Robert’s Jewelry Store at 833 Massachusetts Street. The next home was one small room in the basement of the Community Building at 11th & Vermont.

The agency moved to its present location at 745 Vermont in the spring of 1979. The former building was originally composed of red brick and buff limestone and was called the Market House. It served briefly as an actual marketplace. By 1870 it was purchased by the City of Lawrence and converted into offices for City Hall. The rear of the building continued as a meat market and weigh station. It soon became the operation house of the Head Center Hose Company, the city’s first official fire department.

The Market House was one of downtown Lawrence’s most attractive buildings until 1949 when it was razed to make room for a new fire station. The building now at 745 Vermont was built in 1950 to house Fire Station #1, the Police Station, courtrooms, and a jail. In 1979, the City built a new Law Enforcement Building near the Courthouse, and the building on Vermont was designated as the home of the Lawrence Senior Center. The city allocated $278,000.00 for the renovation.

In 2016, the building was selected for renovation. Temporarily vacated by both the SRC and Fire Station #1 for construction, completion is planned for the end of 2017. The SRC will be temporarily housed at Peaslee Technical Training Center at 2920 Haskell Avenue in Lawrence during remodeling, and will return to 745 Vermont as soon as possible.