Plaza’s Nordstrom Block Has Seen Changes Before

Families headed up by a saddle maker, a stone mason and a wood worker once lived on this block of the Country Club Plaza, between 47th and 48th from Summit to Jefferson, now the site of redevelopment for a new Nordstrom store. In 1940, when ...

Family Once Owned This South Plaza Block

The shops on the southeast corner of 51st and Main were built in the 1930s, after the McDonald farm was sold and the areas was developed for both commercial and residential use. Some blocks of Midtown Kansas City offer more insights into history ...

Prohibition Raid Found ‘One of Finest Distilleries’ in South Plaza

The southwest corner of 51st and Main has been a popular eating spot for several decades. A 1917 map of the block shows only five houses on the block, including 5101 Main, which newspaper reports at the time described as a large and comfortable ...

Black, white families, church, businesses shared Westport block in early 1900s

Kelly’s Westport Inn, one of the most historically significant buildings in Kansas City, was built in 1850-1. It served the frontier community as Boone’s Trading Post, and was later used as a drug store, a grocery store, and a hardware store. ...

How One Family Came to this Rockhill Block

Alfred and Grace Schauffler, a prominent Kansas City family, moved onto this Rockhill neighborhood block in the late 1920s. They lived at 4460 Rockhill Terrace until around 1945. Like many of their neighbors, they were active in Kansas City ...

Westwood Park Block Attracted Families in Early 1920s

This area of the Westwood Park neighborhood was slow to develop after 1913 – until J.C. Nichols took over the marketing. Then the lots sold quickly and the block, from 50th to West 50th Terrace between Wyoming to Westwood Terrace, filled ...

Glen Airy Place tucked away in North Hyde Park

(This post was originally published on June 18, 2017) Fewer than a dozen homes lined what was once known as Glen Airy Place in the North Hyde Park neighborhood, but the street still retains a tucked-away quality that sets it apart from other ...

Female Architect Left Her Stamp On This Countryside Block

Although there were few female architects at the time, Alice Jackson designed and built three of the homes on this Countryside block in the 1910s. Jackson designed a total of about twenty residences in Kansas City, mostly south of the Plaza ...

Gardeners Once Flocked To A Backyard On This Block Near Westport

In the 1950s, many Kansas City gardeners visited the yard of Mrs. F.T. Hoeck at 4254 Jefferson near Westport Road. She was a highly acclaimed gardener whose backyard drew many visitors every year. Today, the house and garden have been replaced ...

Manheim Park block attracted immigrants in 1920s

Small, well-built bungalows lined Forest Avenue and E. 44th Street on this Manheim Park block in the 1940s. Much of the block was developed around 1910, and by the 1920s, the homes were filled with families from Italy, Germany, Sweden, England ...