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'Inner-Ring' Suburbs New Development in Older Communities
Article describes both the challenges and advantages of 'inner-ring suburbs,' defined as "mostly post-World War II communities." Their proximity to downtown and their established infrastructure are making...
A Central City Neighborhood Makes a Comeback
Article about the integrity of the Westport residential community, focusing on its neighborhood organizations designed to preserve its older and characteristic architecture, with several photos, including...
A Hero's Welcome Home
Article describes the new home presented to Kansas City firefighter Stephen Johnson in a 2005 episode of the ABC reality television show "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition." Johnson was one of six local firefighters...
A Home District Beautiful
Photos, architectural drawings, and article about the Country Club District of Kansas City, with details of its beauty and design and history, including an interview with "J. C. Nichols, designer and builder...
A Journey to Missouri in 1822
Mention of James Hunter as proprietor of "a saddler's shop" in Westport during the late 1830s or early 1840s, at a time of no other "businesses houses" there except for "dram shops" and the store of William...
A Kansas City Architect: Clarence Erasmus Shepard
Photos, illustration, and biographical article about Clarence Erasmus Shepard, or Clarence Shepard (1869-1949), a Kansas City architect, artist, and landscape engineer. Native of New York growing up in...
A Kansas City Architect: The Boston Connection
Biographical article about architect Benjamin Brooks, moving from Boston to Kansas City in 1885, working here until 1919 on apartments and houses, including the Beals Building and residence and the Massachusetts...
A Lady Revealed in the Last Years of a Woman of Uncertain Reputation: The Story of Louise Heorath
Louise Heorath whose real name was Cora Totty was associated with Annie Chambers, owner of houses of prostitution in the city around the turn of the century. "Perhaps it was not until the 18th Amendment...
A New Day
"The 41st Symphony Designers' Showhouse Takes Aim at The National Spotlight." Two-page spread explains a new emphasis for the Designers' Showhouse. Karen Mills, a radio show host, interior designer and...
A New Look at Remarkable. ..Missouri Town 1855
Illustrations and article about Missouri Town 1855, a collection of relocated and preserved houses and other 19th century buildings from the metro and surrounding areas "on the eastern side of Lake Jacomo."...
A Zeal for Wheels: Bill Backer's Museum Houses More than a Century of Unique Autos
Article about Bill Backer's Auto World Car Museum in Fulton, Missouri, holding "90 vehicles ranging from an 1895 Haynes to a 1987 Jaguar," with photos.
Adaptive Reuse: A Case Study--New Uses for Old Movie Houses
Article about the adaptive reuse of many of Kansas City's earliest movie theaters, including the Uptown, Warwick, Gillham, Plaza, Regent, Colonial, Lyric, and Waldo Theaters, with photo of the Uptown.
Ahead of Her Time: Mary Rockwell Hook
Photos and biographical article about Kansas City architect Mary Rockwell Hook (1877-1978), and her techniques and designs ahead of their time with residences built with stones and other materials from...
Annie Chambers' High-Toned Brothel
Article about the brothels or bordellos in Kansas City and similar frontier towns in the middle to late 19th century, describing them in general as well as Kansas City brothels and the practice of prostitution...
Art: Architectural History of City Long Overdue
Book review of "Kansas City, Missouri: An Architectural History, 1926-1976" by George Ehrlich, former "president of the Kansas City Chapter of Architectural Historians and also chairman of UMKC's art and...
Artistic Neighborhoods: The 42nd Annual Vanderslice Kitchens & Homes Tour
Featured in this year's tour will be four private homes in the Rockhill and Southmoreland neighborhoods, as well as the Kansas City Art Institute's Vanderslice Hall. Homes featured include 4312 McGee Street;...
Back to the City: Moving to Coleman Highlands
Article describing the appeal of moving to the Coleman Highlands residential district or neighborhood, with information about some of its old houses.
Baron of Brush Creek
Article describes the residential neighborhoods that William Rockhill Nelson created for newspaper employees just before the turn of the twentieth century. "The Hoosier newspaperman and homebuilder believed...
Blast from the Past: Kansas City, Missouri's Northeast Neighborhood Is Still a Splendid Step Back in Time
Photos and article about the "[b]eautiful, historic homes" of the Northeast residential district including the following houses: (1) the 1891 John Pierceson home (renovated by owner Ann Carter) on Benton...
Blow Your Mind! Come to Westport. ..Where People Are Trying to Understand People
Photos and article about the culture of Westport in the late 1960s, describing the area's unusual types of businesses (many antique stores, The Today shop, The Sign Coffeehouse, Pryde's Westport Inn, Motherlove...
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