Famous “bachelor retreat” once stood at 36th and Main

This home, which stood at the se corner of Main and 36th until 1934, is credited with helping to encourage early Kansas Citians to move from downtown to Midtown in the late 1800s. Later, it became known as a “bachelor retreat,” shared by ...

The residences on the block from 38th to 39th between Main and Baltimore

A president once slept on this block of Baltimore between 38th and 39th. Warren G. Harding stopped over while campaigning for the high office, spending the night with the Reily family in 1920. The block between 38th and 39th between Main and ...

Do you know the history of this Heart of Westport neighborhood block?

The 3900 block of Central is near the corner of Broadway and Westport Road, where the Corner Restaurant now stands. In the 1940s, when this photo was taken, the building appeared to house the headquarters for a Jackson County Sheriff candidate. As ...

West side of 3800 block of Main thrived in developing Midtown

Around 1910, the Dunn home at 3800 Main was one of only two homes of this block, which is now lined with commercial spaces and parking lots. That led the Dunns to take advantage of the growing commercial nature of Main – by building business ...

The NE Corner of 39th and Main holds layers of history

When this 1924 photo of 39th and Main Street was taken, both sides of Main (seen here from the south) had been transformed from open space with a few scattered homes to commercial buildings. The streetcar track offers an important clue to why ...

Do you remember this block of the Volker neighborhood at 35th and Genessee?

The block of Midtown that is today’s focus has always been a mystery to one of our readers. “On the NW corner of 35th Terrace and Genessee is a nice, solid red brick four-unit apartment building,” Diane Capps wrote. “Near the ...

Midtown mansion converted to business, moved to Main Street

The Charles Campbell home, known as White Gables, was moved to Main Street in 1924 and repurposed as a commercial hall. When Midtown began to develop in the late 1800s, it was a posh residential area where well-to-do Kansas Citians built mansions ...

Mastin Mansion Once Dominated the Block at Armour and Main

This 1923 newspaper gives a rare glimpse of the massive mansion of T.H. Mastin that once took up the entire block at the southeast corner of Armour and Main. The home was said to resemble a French chateau and was known for its well-kept lawn ...

Do you remember this block between Main and Wyandotte, from 31st to 31st Terrace?

This block of Midtown was a mix of commercial and neighborhood businesses in 1940. At 31 W. 31st Street, this building housed both an auto repair shop and a Venetian blind store. Next door, Mason’s Rabbitry offered rabbits – both Easter ...

Home at 30th and Troost housed millionaires and musicians

When this photo was taken around 1900, the William Smith family lived in this thirty-room mansion at 30th and Troost, known then as “millionaire’s row.” At that time, the area was the most fashionable part of the city. The home was razed ...