Lawrence University

Our Inn Is The Closest Lodging To Lawrence University

Appleton is home to the scenic Lawrence University campus at 420 East College Avenue. Lawrence University, founded in 1847, is a community of approximately 1,500 intellectually curious students.

Franklin Street Inn Bed and Breakfast, just two blocks from campus, has been offering lodging to the Lawrence community since 1994. We are proud to serve their lodging needs. The campus has many friendly and multi-talented students, we look forward each year to serving them and their families. We also enjoy serving returning alumni, as well as the family and friends of faculty and staff members.

Lawrence is an undergraduate institution that is a deliberately small residential university. Students can be educated in the areas of the liberal arts and sciences, as well as at their nationally recognized Conservatory of Music. The Conservatory was founded in 1874 and approximately 25% (around 350 students) study in The Conservatory. Boasting three choirs, two bands, two jazz ensembles, and numerous chamber music groups, many distinguished performances are open to the public and attended by our guests in addition to parents and Fox Cities residents.

Lawrence university’s academic year runs from mid-September to mid-June on a trimester calendar. Go to for more information on Appleton’s famous university.  

city scene at night

Lawrence Athletics

Lawrence University has 22 varsity teams in NCAA Division III athletics. Vikings men’s and women’s sports include: 

  • basketball
  • cross country
  • fencing
  • golf
  • swimming and diving
  • soccer
  • track and field

There are also men’s baseball, football, and ice hockey teams, and women also participate on tennis, softball and volleyball teams.

Numerous faithful families and friends support these athletic competitions. It is very convenient for them to take lodging at the Franklin Street Inn Bed and Breakfast to be close to campus sport’s events.

Lawrence Offers Appleton Cultural Appeal

Our city is definitely given cultural appeal by the many events being held here. Lawrence University is proudly profiled in “Colleges That Change Lives”. The Conservatory of Music ranks among the best in America among small language arts universities. Go to Wriston Art Center to view their art holdings comprising more than 3,000 objects in a variety of media. The art center also features new exhibits five times a year.  Our guests have enjoyed the luxury of walking to the cultural events held at the campus.

Architecture and Unique Setting

A special historical building on campus is the Lawrence University Main Hall. It was constructed in 1853 before Appleton became a city. The main hall’s façade used white stone quarried from the Fox River and its cupola is an Appleton landmark. 

Another amazing campus and Appleton architectural wonder is Lawrence Memorial Chapel which was built in 1918. The 1,248 seat chapel is the primary venue for public events such as the Artist and Jazz Series, Conservatory orchestra, choral and ensemble concerts, public meetings and the convocation series.

The Warch Campus Center has earned a LEED Gold certification for meeting sustainability goals in energy conservation, environmental friendliness, and green building.

Students, family, alumni, faculty, and campus visitors always enjoy marvelling at these buildings as well as walking along the paved river trails when time permits. Bordering the Fox River gives the campus a unique setting. The walks through campus and along the river can be an exhilarating break!

Occasionally, one glimpses a striking view like the photo on this page: Lawrence University at dusk from the Fox River side of campus.