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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 ...
This block of Midtown was a mix of commercial and neighborhood businesses in 1940. AT 15 W. 31st Street, this building housed both an auto repair shop and a Venetian blind store. Next door, Mason’s Rabbitry offered rabbits – both Eastern bunnies and breeders– for almost a decade from 1939 to 1946.

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 ...
The goal of a fundraising effort called Preserving 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 discussions around how to protect and preserve the history and unique local flavor of Westport.

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 ...
The bank at the corner of Westport Road and Broadway looks much the small today as it did in this 1940 photo. The block it occupies looks much the same as well. Although businesses have come and gone, the block has retained much of the same appearance it had in the early 1900s when most of its structures were built.

Do you remember this block of Westport Road from Broadway to Central?

The bank at the corner of Westport Road and Broadway looks much the same today as it did in this 1940 photo. The block it occupies looks much the same as well. Although businesses have come and gone, the block hasn’t changed much since ...
The Armour Park Apartments, now renovated, offered luxury apartment living to well-off families. In newspaper ads in the 1920s, the owners touted the five-to-eight-room large spaces with up to three bathrooms, ample garage space, and a break from the hassle of having to hire servants to staff a big house.

Do you remember the blocks of Cherry and Kenwood bounded by Armour and 34th?

On Kenwood between 34th and Armour Boulevard, these three single-family homes were the frequent sites of bridge parties, sewing clubs and other get-togethers in the decades immediately before these photos were taken in 1940. When the 10-room ...
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 demolished in 1995. Today’s historical post looks at the block from Armour to 36th Street, from Main to Walnut, a ...
The Colonnade, which stretched along the south side of Armour from Central to Wyandotte, was one of the largest apartments in Kansas City when it was built in 1905. Builder W.H. Collins set a new standard for apartment design for the interior layout and the unusual deep front lawn. Photo from Pen and Sunlight Sketches of Greater Kansas City, 1911.

1905 Armour Boulevard apartments and workingmen’s cottages now gone

The Colonnade, which stretched along the south side of Armour from Central to Wyandotte, was one of the largest apartments in Kansas City when it was built in 1905. Builder W.H. Collins set a new standard for apartment design for the interior ...
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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 ...
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From the archives: How Troost changed from millionaire’s row to shopper’s paradise

Originally published May 18th, 2015 – by midtownkcposter It is history day at the Midtown KC Post, and we’ve got a new map that shows how Troost Avenue changed in the years between 1880 and 1920, transforming from millionaire’s row into ...