Kansas City Houses

Kansas City Houses


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"Kansas City Houses 1885-1938 reveals the architectural treasures built during the city's boom years. This is the first book to survey the rich architectural heritage of this major Midwestern hub, which straddles the state line between Kansas and Missouri. Architectural historian Michael C. Kathrens spotlights the work of highly accomplished architects, many based in Kansas City who have long been overshadowed by their high-profile East Coast counterparts. He places the significant but little-known architectural legacy of Kansas City in a historical context and traces the development of the city's exclusive residential neighborhoods starting in 1857, which helped transform the once rough-and-tumble town into a fashionable city with tree-lined blocks populated by handsome houses and private clubs. Kathrens thoroughly documents forty superb houses that reflect the outsized fortunes of influential Kansas Citians who built them. Included are Oak Hall (1887), designed by Frederick E. Hill for newspaper publisher William Rockhill Nelson, who helped establish the Nelson-Atkins Museum; Marburg (1895-1896), the mansion of minerals magnate August R. Meyer designed by Van Brunt & Howe; Corinthian Hall (1910), lumber baron Robert A. Long's classical Beaux Arts style mansion designed by Henry F. Hoit; the homes of oilman Ernest C. Winters and Walter E. Bixby of Kansas City Life Insurance, both designed by Edward W. Tanner (the Bixby residence notably features interiors by Kem Weber); Bernard Corrigan's mansion (1912-1913) designed by Louis S. Curtiss with a nod to the Vienna Secession; and two houses by Mary Rockwell Hook, one of the first women to study at the Ecole des Beaux Arts in Paris. These residences-mostly done in revival and Beaux-Arts styles-embodied a distinctly Midwestern sense of moderation that, in the houses still standing, continue to define the city's best neighborhoods developed almost a century ago"--Publisher site.
Publisher: New York :, Bauer and Dean Publishers,, 2018
ISBN: 9780983863229
Branch Call Number: 720.9778 K19
Characteristics: ix, 389 pages : illustrations ; 32 cm
Additional Contributors: Matthews, Bruce - Photographer


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