As part of our Uncovering History Project, the Midtown KC Post is taking a look at the 1940 tax assessment photos of each block in Midtown.
When Countryside was platted in 1908 as the Country Side District, it became a prime location for development. The Country Club street car line had been extended to 51st and Brookside that year. It was near the Kansas City Country Club, which was on the site of the current Loose Park, and J.C. Nichols was developing his Country Club District.
The Simpson-Yeomans-Country Side National Historic District is known for its late 19th and 20th century revival architectural styles.
Today’s slideshow features the area from 52nd Street south to Concord Avenue, and Wyandotte Street east to Main Street. The slideshow at the end of this post shows some of the homes that existed in this section when the 1940 tax photos were taken (some photos are missing from the collection).
But we’d like to hear what you remember of this block. We’ll share your history and help to preserve it on our website.
Would you like us to focus on your block next week? Send us an email.
Our new 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. Order the book
Maps and photos courtesy Kansas City Public Library Missouri Valley Special Collections.