Midtown mansion converted to business, moved to Main Street

The Charles Campbell home, known as White Gables, was moved to Main Street in 1924 and repurposed as a commercial hall. When Midtown began to develop in the late 1800s, it was a posh residential area where well-to-do Kansas Citians built mansions ...

Mastin Mansion Once Dominated the Block at Armour and Main

This 1923 newspaper gives a rare glimpse of the massive mansion of T.H. Mastin that once took up the entire block at the southeast corner of Armour and Main. The home was said to resemble a French chateau and was known for its well-kept lawn ...

Do you remember this block between Main and Wyandotte, from 31st to 31st Terrace?

This block of Midtown was a mix of commercial and neighborhood businesses in 1940. At 31 W. 31st Street, this building housed both an auto repair shop and a Venetian blind store. Next door, Mason’s Rabbitry offered rabbits – both Easter ...

Home at 30th and Troost housed millionaires and musicians

When this photo was taken around 1900, the William Smith family lived in this thirty-room mansion at 30th and Troost, known then as “millionaire’s row.” At that time, the area was the most fashionable part of the city. The home was razed ...

How important is preserving the history and character of Westport?

The goal of a fundraising effort called Help Save Old Westport is to catalogue the significance of buildings such as Kelly’s Westport Inn (seen here in 1958), one of the oldest buildings in Westport. The survey would be a first step in ...

Do you remember these blocks of Coleman Highlands?

In this area of Coleman Highlands, census records from 1920-1940 detail large households of several children headed, most often, by a manager or salesman. Census records from 1920-1940 show a two-block area of Coleman Highlands as a thriving ...

Current Home Depot site was once Warner Plaza “apartment city”

When it was built in 1926, Warner Plaza was advertised as an “apartment city” stretching from Main Street to Warwick Boulevard south of Linwood. Built of the original site of the home of Senator William Warner, Warner Plaza included two ...

Small bungalows lined Belleview, Jarboe in 1940

Working-class bungalows along Jarboe Street, seen in these 1940 photos, were home to salesmen, office managers, a water department employee, a car mechanic and others. The West Plaza neighborhood is one of Midtown’s historic areas where ...

Black, white families, church, businesses shared Westport block in early 1900s

Kelly’s Westport Inn, one of the most historically significant buildings in Kansas City, was built in 1850-1. It served the frontier community as Boone’s Trading Post, and was later used as a drug store, a grocery store, and a hardware store. ...

On Westport block, frontier history meets early 20th century streetscape

The block in 1885, looking northwest from the corner of Pennsylvania and Westport Road. A recent aerial view of the block, which includes Manor Square, the Char Bar and the Westport Coffeehouse. As one of the oldest parts of Kansas City, the ...