How Central Hyde Park Prepared for Thanksgiving

This buildings on this block of Campbell between Manheim and E. 39th Streets look much the same as they did when they were built after the turn of the 20th century. As Thanksgiving approached in 1927, it’s a pretty good bet that Effie Kauffman ...

In 1910, a block of immigrant families in Valentine

The store at the corner of 34th and Pennsylvania as it looked in 1940. Russian immigrant Morris Greenman ran the store in 1910, selling food and other goods to new residents recently arrived from other countries. This recent Google map photo ...

In 1923, Work Began on First Block of Country Club Plaza

The Mill Creek Building, on the first block to be developed by J.C. Nichols for his Country Club Plaza in 1923, was designed to echo features of older California buildings. The block between Mill Creek Parkway and Wyandotte from 47th to W. 46th ...

UMKC Block Includes Historic Carriage House Slated for Demolition Sept. 24

The historic Dickey mansion carriage house, one of the two original buildings on the UMKC campus built in 1912, is scheduled for demolition on Sept. 24. Architect Roger Gilman designed it as part of the carefully-planned Dickey property, with ...

Pioneering Photographer Was First Owner on this Roanoke Block

  Surrounded as it is today by apartments on fast-moving Southwest Trafficway, it is easy to miss the first house that was built on this Roanoke block. But at the turn of the 20th century, the home of D.P. and Sophia Thomson stood alone, ...

Dinner for 100 on this Southermoreland block

This home on today’s featured block was probably built just after the turn of the twentieth century. The block, McGee to Warwick between 39th and 40th, filled with well-off families in the early 1900s. The need for expanded parking for Westport ...

Scores of schoolchildren, judges and bishops visited this Southmoreland home

This house that once stood at the northeast corner of Warwick and 40th Street hosted some famous parties celebrating its well-known and well-loved resident in the 1930s. Schoolchildren with ties to him, lawyers, judges and bishops visited “gentleman ...

A Westport wine garden at 39th and Roanoke

Esslinger’s Wine Garden at 39th and Roanoke, seen here as it looked in the 1880s, offered small tables scattered on a shade lawn where pleasure-seekers could find food, beer and wine made from grapes grown on the site. One of several wine ...

Map Shows Fairground Racetrack That Became Curve of Valentine Road

It has long been told – with little hard documentation – that the curve of Valentine Road follows the curve of a race track that once stood there. This map, with the racetrack and other fairground buildings overlaid on top of a current ...

North Hyde Park block was home to early Kansas City police officer

  In 1920, Irish-born immigrant Dennis Malloy, who had worked as a bobby in London and then served in the Confederate army, lived with his family in this North Hyde Park home at 3335 Charlotte. He was credited as being the last survivor of ...