This block of Midtown, from Armour to 34th between Cherry and Kenwood, is perhaps best known as the home of the Longan School (now Academie Lafayette) and the Trinity United Methodist Church. But the block was not completely dominated by these institutions. It also offered three homes along Kenwood and four on Cherry, as well as a luxury apartment house on Armour.
As part of our Uncovering History Project, the Midtown KC Post is taking a look at each block in Midtown, including a set of 1940 tax assessment photos which is available for many blocks. (Many people seem confused by the tax assessment photos, which all include a man holding a sign. Here’s the story behind them).
Four houses on Cherry Street, below, filled out the block. Long-time residents included the Holloway family, headed by a real estate salesman and Democratic committeeman Thomas Holloway.
Historic photos courtesy Kansas City Public Library/Missouri Valley Special Collections.
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Our book, Kansas City’s Historic Midtown Neighborhoods, is available now. Let us know if you want us to come to your neighborhood association or organization’s meeting to share what we’ve learned about Midtown neighborhood history and tell your members how they can help preserve Midtown history. If you’d like to order the book, email Mary Jo Draper at firstname.lastname@example.org.