Famous “bachelor retreat” once stood at 36th and Main

This home, which stood at the se corner of Main and 36th until 1934, is credited with helping to encourage early Kansas Citians to move from downtown to Midtown in the late 1800s. Later, it became known as a “bachelor retreat,” shared by ...

West side of 3800 block of Main thrived in developing Midtown

Around 1910, the Dunn home at 3800 Main was one of only two homes of this block, which is now lined with commercial spaces and parking lots. That led the Dunns to take advantage of the growing commercial nature of Main – by building business ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

Vendors sought for Midtown makers fair and flea market

The Whole Person, a Midtown nonprofit that helps people with disabilities lead independent lives, is inviting makers from the surrounding neighborhoods to participate in a Maker’s Fair and Flea Market on July 23. The event is part of a two-day ...

New effort seeks vote on streetcar down Main Street

A grassroots group is asking the courts to approve the first step in creating a Transportation Development District along the Main Street corridor to fund expansion of the downtown streetcar line. A grassroots group today revealed plans to try ...

Armour Boulevard and Main Street, then and now

This postcard looks east along the north side of Armour Bouelvard from Main Street around the turn of the 20th century. The first home was owned by A.J. King of the King Realty Company. The second belonged to Edward Smith. The majestic Kirk ...