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 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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

Mansions at Paseo and Armour have been lost

In 1915, the Paseo just north of Armour Boulevard was lined with mansions. Those lavish residences, once home to several families of German heritage, are no longer standing. The house on the northwest corner of Armour and Paseo belonged to Hans ...

Do you remember the Newbern Hotel at Armour and Cherry?

One of the former apartment hotels on Armour Boulevard, the Newbern, celebrated its grand reopening last week. The history of the Newbern tells a tale of the glory days of Armour Boulevard, its decline and its new role as Midtown’s major apartment ...

Group seeks most endangered buildings

Armour buildings that were on the 2015 most endangered list. Historic Kansas City is looking for the most endangered buildings in Kansas City. The organization is accepting nominations through April 29 for its annual most endangered list. Last ...

Do you remember the north side of Armour between Campbell and Charlotte?

Anchoring the block at the northwest corner of Armour and Campbell, the Samuel E. Sexton home today looks much like it did when it was built. A 1909-1950 Sanborn map of the block shows the large mansions along Armour Boulevard, and blocks of ...

Charter school announces location at Broadway and Armour

A new Midtown charter school opening this fall announced today it has a location. Citizens of the World Kansas City Charter School said it has entered into negotiations  for the building at the northeast corner of Armour and Broadway. The ...