The Central United Methodist Church and the Young Matrons Clubhouse replaced two homes that had once stood on the west side of Oak Street between 51st and 52nd.  The church moved to this new location in 1939 and the recently-moved Young Matrons Clubhouse opened the same year. The block is currently under development as a Whole Foods store, UMKC offices, apartments and parking.

Grain magnate predicted the future of 51st and Oak

The Central United Methodist Church and the Young Matrons Clubhouse were the only buildings on Oak Street between 51st and ...
Large homes in Old Hyde Park were well-suited to families around 1910, when many families still had servants who helped run their households. By 1940, this block between 36th and 37th, Wyandotte to Central, had become much more densely populated, with apartment buildings filling in vacant lots and large homes being converted to rooming houses.

Do you remember this block of Wyandotte and Central in Old Hyde Park?

Large homes in Old Hyde Park were well-suited to families around 1910, when many families still had servants who helped run ...
he first tract of land that Hugh Ward sold from his farm, in an area that became known as Sunset Hill, stood at 640 W. Fifty Second Street facing Loose Park. The home was designed by the architectural firm of Shepard, Farrar & Wiser. Advertising man Frank B. Nutter lived there with his family and then sold it to Edward Carpenter, proprietor of the Kansas City House and Window Cleaning Company, who lived there when this photo was taken in 1940.

Do you remember this block of Sunset Hill?

Sunset Hill in 1940 was home to lawyers, business owners and presidents of companies – living up to the plans of developer ...
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Do you remember this block of South Hyde Park?

South Hyde Park appeared to be a neighborhood full of children, captured playing on porches, in front yards and exploring ...
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Do you remember neighborhood grocery stores in Midtown?

One of Midtown’s early local grocery stores was Martin’s Market at 1507 W. 47th, seen here in 1940. Decades ago, ...
This home near the corner of 54th and Oak was built in the early part of the 20th century as development of the Country Club District began south of Brush Creek.

Do you remember this block of Oak Street between 52nd and 54th?

This home near the corner of 54th and Oak was built in the early part of the 20th century as development of the Country Club ...
The Henry Fowler residence once stood at the corner of se corner of Main and Armour, serving as a union hall after 1940 and demolished in 1995.

Mansions at Armour and Main gradually repurposed, replaced

The Henry Fowler residence once stood at the corner of se corner of Main and Armour, serving as a union hall after 1940 and ...
Construction began in 1919 on Epperson House, a 56-room brick mansion at the southwest corner of 52nd and Cherry. Other members of the Kansas City elite also built on the block, which was gradually incorporated into University of Kansas City, started in 1929. Like several of the other fine homes, Epperson House was transformed from a single family home into a part of the educational institution.

Once exclusive mansions later became part of UMKC

Construction began in 1919 on Epperson House, a 56-room brick mansion at 52nd and Cherry. Other members of the Kansas City ...

Midtown KC Post refocuses efforts on history

Four years ago, the Midtown KC Post was relaunched as an online site covering news and information of interest to Midtown ...
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Union Cemetery receives national designation

Union Cemetery, the final resting place for many of Kansas City, Westport, and Midtown’s pioneers, has been added to the ...