The block in 1885, looking northwest from the corner of Pennsylvania and Westport Road.

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 ...

Armour Family left behind their name, legacy in Midtown

Armor Boulevard in 1907 If they hadn’t left behind their name on Armour Boulevard and several neighborhoods south of the Plaza, the Armour family’s brief prominence in Kansas City might easily be forgotten. Best known as part of the Chicago-based ...
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Do you remember this block of Virginia and Paseo from 36th to 37th?

From this apartment at the corner of Paseo and 36th Street, the sounds of piano students practicing and performing filled the air in the 1920s and 30s. Popular piano teacher Miss Lewise McCoy taught many young musicians from her apartment, and ...
For many years, the El Torreon Ballroom at Thirty-first and Gillham Plaza was a center of entertainment for Kansas City. This 1928 newspaper article showed the recently-completed building with storerooms on ground level and the dance hall on the top floor. The ballroom was a popular place for dancing to orchestras, beauty pageants, and later boxing matches.

Gillham Plaza Came to Life in 1928

For many years, the El Torreon Ballroom at Thirty-first and Gillham Plaza was a center of entertainment for Kansas City. This 1928 newspaper article showed the recently-completed building with storerooms on ground level and the dance hall on ...
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 elite also built on the block, which was gradually incorporated into University of Kansas City, started in 1929. Like ...
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Getting at the truth about the Troost corridor, on stage

Among the highlights of the upcoming Fringe Festival is a play based on true stories about people living on the edges of society in Midtown. Bingo on the Boulevard was inspired by interviews with an undocumented immigrant, female impersonator, ...
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First Friday art show celebrates human motion

An unusual art exhibit at the Buttonwood Art Space, 3013 Main Street, celebrates movement, including people on bicycles, dancers, walkers, yoga, and people playing sports. The exhibition includes 99 artworks by 32 artists and illustrates all ...

Man charged in Troost murder

Jackson County prosecutors on Monday announced a first-degree murder charge against a Kansas City man for killing a man outside a bar on Troost. Ray A. Johnson, 37, is also charged with armed criminal action in the April 23 shooting death of ...
In 1915, the Paseo just north of Armour Boulevard was lined with mansions. Those lavish homes are no longer standing, but they were once home to several successful German immigrants. The house on the corner northwest corner of Armour and Paseo belonged to Hans Dierks, owner of coal and lumber companies.

Recap: Last week in Midtown Kansas City ( July 10 – July 17)

In 1915, the Paseo just north of Armour Boulevard was lined with mansions. Those lavish homes are no longer standing, but they were once home to several successful German immigrants. The house on the corner northwest corner of Armour and Paseo ...
Nick Cave, American (b. 1959). Property, 2014. Mixed media including found and fabricated objects: iron shoeshine chair, vintage molds, thistle seed, concrete figure, ceramic birds, perfume-bottle birds, metal flowers, and strung beads, 92 × 239 1/2 × 53 inches. Purchase: William Rockhill Nelson Trust through the George H. and Elizabeth O. Davis Fund, 2014.50.1-240. Photo by James Prinz Photography. Courtesy of the artist and Jack Shainman Gallery, New York.

Nelson-Atkins to exhibit new work exploring race and racism

Nick Cave, American (b. 1959). Property, 2014. Mixed media including found and fabricated objects: iron shoeshine chair, vintage molds, thistle seed, concrete figure, ceramic birds, perfume-bottle birds, metal flowers, and strung beads, 92 × ...