Highwoods puts Country Club Plaza up for sale

The Country Club Plaza is for sale. Photo courtesy charvex Licensed under Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons.  Highwoods Properties said today it is putting the Country Club Plaza on the market. In a news release, Highwoods President and ...

Simple, maybe ugly, but part of history

By Joe Lambe A bland 1950 Country Club Plaza apartment building got little love at a Friday meeting of the Historic Preservation Commission. It seemed more duty than desire when commissioners voted to recommend national historic designation ...

Do you remember the area east of Winstead’s on Cleaver Boulevard?

It might be hard to guess that this home was near the corner of 48th and McGee in 1940. Most of the small homes and apartment buildings on the block east of the Plaza have now been replaced. Modern offices and commercial buildings today dominate ...

First woman baseball commentator lives in the Plaza

Betty Bushman was the first female baseball broadcaster in 1964. Living with her husband high in a condo building in the Country Club Plaza, Betty Bushman is known today for charity work, not making male sportscasters swallow cigars. But Bushman, ...

Plaza apartment demolition: “A line in the sand?”

Originally constructed as the Green Gable Apartments, these three vacant buildings have become the subject of a fight between a developer who proposed to demolish them and preservationists who say the are essential to the fabric of the Country ...

Update: demolition of Plaza buildings may be delayed

A 1989 view of the three apartments that may be headed for demolition. After concerns that the demolition process had begun to tear down three Plaza apartment buildings, the demolition process may be delayed. Historic Kansas City says it filed ...

Do you know the history of this Plaza block, 47th to 48th and Summit?

In 1940, this house stood at 47th and Summit, an block of the Plaza where homes have been replaced by businesses. A row of three iconic apartment buildings at the back of the Bloch Cancer Survivors Park on the Plaza is threatened by demolition, ...

Plaza buildings raise demolition concerns

The buildings at 4728-4734 Summit, just behind the Bloch Cancer Survivors Park, have been granted pre-demolition permits. Historic preservationists are raising concerns about the potential demolition of three buildings they call iconic on the ...

Several Midtown sites on 2015 most endangered list

One of the Armour buildings on this year’s most endangered list, 118 West Armour, as it looked in 1940. Courtesy Kansas City Public Library – Missouri Valley Special Collections. Four historic buildings on Armour Boulevard in Old ...

Statuary conservator to do KC’s famed fountain

The man who will work on statuary from Kansas City’s most photographed fountain has plenty of experience with statues here and elsewhere. Jonathan Taggart has done conservation work all over the nation and now lives in Georgetown, Maine. He ...