Do you know the history of this North Hyde Park block?


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, we look at residences, businesses, and apartment buildings in the North Hyde Park neighborhood, from Linwood Boulevard south to 33rd Street, and Gillham Road east to Holmes Street.

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mapThis set of photos includes Gillham Pharmacy, at 3269 Gillham Road, and Ed’s Florists (also known as Ed’s Dainty Corsages), at Linwood and Gillham.

But we would like your help. Do you remember this block in 1940 or in the years since? What special memories do you have of this section of North Hyde Park? What questions do you have about it? 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.

Photos courtesy Kansas City Public Library, Missouri Valley Special Collections. 



  1. Heather Gallardo says:

    I was born in 1983 and raised on 33rd & Holmes. My dad and his family moved to this neighborhood in the 60’s. I have very fond memories of this area!

  2. I lived all around that area- 5 places on Troost -2 on Harrison 1 on Cherry. After that we moved out of the area. I spent a lot of my pre- teen years playing in Gilliam Park- yo could run around in those days. Richard

  3. Dave Howard says:

    I lived at 3741 Locust in an upstairs duplex apartment about 6 years when I was married. I worked at Western Auto in the Art Dept. with YOU Richard Lumpkin, Tavi, Frank Brave, etc. in 1956-57. I also lived at a 4805 Holmes 4-plex across from the south Nelson Gallery lawn, which has since been demolished. I played tennis in Hyde Park, in the little court down in the “valley” where Gillham divided. I’ve lived in mid-town/Westport ever since. Let’s talk, Richard!?

  4. I went to Lillis High School and Cleveland Chiropractic College and also lived in several locations in the area. I also played tennis at the little court in Hyde Park and lived in one of those old mansions just east of the park we had the 3rd floor a really neat apartment but hot in the summer with no air conditioning. Didn’t know how lucky I was at the time. My parents met at the movie theater at 31st and Holmes. I remember how great the Ritz ice cream was in that location.

  5. Gale Talbot says:

    My Aunt worked for Ed’s Florist I think in the 40’s. She meant my Uncle there. They were Robert and Winfred (Mathison) Shrout. I miss them both.

  6. Gale says:

    My Aunt Winfred Mathison worked there and meant my Uncle there Robert Shrout. The were married sometime in the 50’s I think.

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