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Do you remember this block of Virginia and Paseo from 36th to 37th?

From this apartment at the corner of Paseo and 36th Street, the sounds of piano students practicing and performing filled the air in the 1920s and 30s. Popular piano teacher Miss Lewise McCoy taught many young musicians from her apartment, and ...
For many years, the El Torreon Ballroom at Thirty-first and Gillham Plaza was a center of entertainment for Kansas City. This 1928 newspaper article showed the recently-completed building with storerooms on ground level and the dance hall on the top floor. The ballroom was a popular place for dancing to orchestras, beauty pageants, and later boxing matches.

Gillham Plaza Came to Life in 1928

For many years, the El Torreon Ballroom at Thirty-first and Gillham Plaza was a center of entertainment for Kansas City. This 1928 newspaper article showed the recently-completed building with storerooms on ground level and the dance hall on ...
Although the buildings that once lined Thirty-first Street and wrapped around the corner on Holmes are gone now, this area was a thriving business and entertainment area in the 1920s through the 1940s. This building which stood at 3110 Holmes in this 1940 photo housed a variety of businesses during those years.

Do you remember this block from 31st to Linwood, Gillham to Holmes?

Although the buildings that once lined Thirty-first Street and wrapped around the corner on Holmes are gone now, this area was a thriving business and entertainment area in the 1920s through the 1940s. This building which stood at 3110 Holmes ...
This block around Thirty-first and Holmes became the center of sensational news headlines in 1929, when a “dynamic little woman” named Maud Wilson smashed up a “soda drink” establishment she said had sold liquor to her daughter and husband.

Woman smashed liquor shop with ax at 31st and Holmes

This block around Thirty-first and Holmes became the center of sensational news headlines in 1929, when a “dynamic little woman” named Maud Wilson smashed up a “soda drink” establishment she said had sold liquor to her daughter and husband. In ...
The Central United Methodist Church and the Young Matrons Clubhouse replaced two homes that had once stood on the west side of Oak Street between 51st and 52nd.  The church moved to this new location in 1939 and the recently-moved Young Matrons Clubhouse opened the same year. The block is currently under development as a Whole Foods store, UMKC offices, apartments and parking.

Grain magnate predicted the future of 51st and Oak

The Central United Methodist Church and the Young Matrons Clubhouse were the only buildings on Oak Street between 51st and 52nd in 1940.  The church moved to this new location in 1939 and theYoung Matrons Clubhouse opened the same year. The ...
Large homes in Old Hyde Park were well-suited to families around 1910, when many families still had servants who helped run their households. By 1940, this block between 36th and 37th, Wyandotte to Central, had become much more densely populated, with apartment buildings filling in vacant lots and large homes being converted to rooming houses.

Do you remember this block of Wyandotte and Central in Old Hyde Park?

Large homes in Old Hyde Park were well-suited to families around 1910, when many families still had servants who helped run their households. By 1940, this block between 36th and 37th, Wyandotte to Central, had become much more densely populated, ...
he first tract of land that Hugh Ward sold from his farm, in an area that became known as Sunset Hill, stood at 640 W. Fifty Second Street facing Loose Park. The home was designed by the architectural firm of Shepard, Farrar & Wiser. Advertising man Frank B. Nutter lived there with his family and then sold it to Edward Carpenter, proprietor of the Kansas City House and Window Cleaning Company, who lived there when this photo was taken in 1940.

Do you remember this block of Sunset Hill?

Sunset Hill in 1940 was home to lawyers, business owners and presidents of companies – living up to the plans of developer J.C. Nichols to create one of the most exclusive residential districts in Kansas City. Presidents, vice presidents ...
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Do you remember this block of South Hyde Park?

South Hyde Park appeared to be a neighborhood full of children, captured playing on porches, in front yards and exploring the neighborhood in a set of 1940 photos. These three seemed happy to poise for the camera that day at their home near ...
grocery store

Do you remember neighborhood grocery stores in Midtown?

One of Midtown’s early local grocery stores was Martin’s Market at 1507 W. 47th, seen here in 1940. Decades ago, Midtown Kansas City had a grocery store in almost every neighborhood. Before the advent of large chain “super ...
This home near the corner of 54th and Oak was built in the early part of the 20th century as development of the Country Club District began south of Brush Creek.

Do you remember this block of Oak Street between 52nd and 54th?

This home near the corner of 54th and Oak was built in the early part of the 20th century as development of the Country Club District began south of Brush Creek. Around 1905, major development of Midtown Kansas City started moving for the first ...