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.
Today’s slideshow features the 3400 block of Broadway and Central, as well as the blocks of Armour Boulevard and 34th Streets between Broadway and Central.
The area includes the historic Ellison Apartment Hotel at 300 West Armour and Warwick Cleaners at 3421 Broadway.
You’ll also see the Hollywood Café and Standard Service Station on Broadway. Along Central Street, a number of small frame homes housed families in these 1940s photos.
This Sanborn Fire Insurance map (right) shows the homes, businesses and apartments as they stood around the time these photos were taken.
The slideshow at the end of this post shows all of the buildings that existed when the 1940 tax photos were taken.
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.
Maps and photos courtesy Kansas City Public Library Missouri Valley Special Collections.