A pioneer family once owned this Valentine block  

The unique stone house at the corner of Pennsylvania Avenue and Valentine Road is now called The Writer’s Place. Built as a home in the early 1900s, the house became a church in 1954. Much of the property on the east side of Pennsylvania was ...

Immigrants and workers built their homes in the West Plaza neighborhood

Some of the older homes built around 1909 have since been replaced but other small homes on this West Plaza block have stood since the area developed more than 100 years ago. This house stood near the corner of 46th and Wyoming. Railroad workers, ...

Westport High plans depend on community input into parking expansion

Gerald Smith of Plexpod said his company thinks the redeveloped Westport High School would be a perfect site for a co-working space. But developers of the project say their latest plan won’t work unless restrictions on parking in the track ...

House histories: Baseball’s “Line Drive” Nelson once lived in Southmoreland

The history of one home in the 4300 block of Warwick triggered memories for a former owner, who recalled stories he heard about a famous baseball player nicknamed “Line Drive” Nelson who once lived there. Joe Mosby stood outside ...

Do you remember this block of Warwick and Walnut from 43rd to 44th Streets?

A recent Google maps view of the 4300 block of Walnut. One important name stands out in the history of a block of the Southmoreland neighborhood from Warwick Boulevard west to Walnut and from 43rd to 44th, that of architect Albert Turney. ...

Who lived on this Midtown block in 1940?

Working-class families from Sweden, Missouri and Kansas lived on this West Plaza block in 1940. Residents of the block had a variety of jobs: salesmen, flour mill hand, marble cutter, machinist in a canning factory, upholsterer, piano tuner, ...

Block of Southmoreland was home to prominent city figures

The 4300 block of Warwick holds an important place in Kansas City history. When well-known civic and business leaders moved into these large homes between 1900 and 1915, they helped spur a movement to the newly-developing south side. Midtown ...

Do you remember the Belmont Hotel and the block of Linwood between Campbell and Harrison?

The former Belmont Hotel, vacant since the mid-1980s, has seen variety of uses since it was opened as a hotel in 1912. It is currently set for redevelopment as market-rate apartments. A hulking white building at 911 E. Linwood was in the news ...

UMKC starting new neighborhood council

UMKC is inviting residents of the neighborhoods around it to join a new advisory council. The University says it is replacing the Volker Neighborhood Council, which operated from 2002-2015, with the Neighborhood Advisory Council. The council ...

Drexel Hall, built by shrewd businesswoman, has seen a century of history

Drexel Hall, site of much Midtown history, sits at the corner of Linwood and Baltimore. View here is from Baltimore with Linwood on the top left. It would be easy to drive past Drexel Hall at the corner of Linwood and Baltimore day after day ...