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Kansas City’s Historic Roots

Located in tornado alley, this is a city that loves tornadoes and barbecue, which you can also see reflected in the architecture. Kansas City was once a major railroad town with explosive growth that started with the boom of Route 66 and continued as it became more popular as a stopover on cross-country road trips. This led to large homes built for those passing through as well as permanent residents who wanted to take advantage of the wealth that had become available in Kansas City. 

The city is home to at least five historical neighborhoods on the National Register of Historic Places: Crossroads, Quality Hill, the West Side neighborhood, Brookside and Waldo. It also has a number of historic districts such as Hyde Park and more recent developments like Prairie Village which reflects the city’s historic suburbs. Kansas City is home to some great examples of modernist homes, mid-century design and several notable architects. 

Famous Kansas City architects include Frank Lloyd Wright, H. Roe Bartle and Edward Delk. The most famous of the group was Wright who is considered one of the greatest American architects and whose work can be seen throughout the city in buildings like the David W. Breslow House (Minneapolis) and the First Unitarian Church of Chicago. In KC he built the Herbert and Katherine Jacobs First House, a Usonian home that is part of the collection of the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Bartle was also a significant American architect whose legacy can be seen in many buildings downtown as well as his work on both Union Station and Municipal Auditorium. But the city’s eclectic styling reflects the unique culture that calls KC home which you can see in any neighborhood or street scene today.

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Kansas City Iconic Architecture

The iconic cityscape of Kansas City is shaped by its historical buildings, which have either been well maintained or renovated to account for the modern times. Kansas City is a combination of established and new architecture that has shaped the city in its modern form. As a result, it houses many buildings that stand out in their style and construction, mainly because they have been built from different sets of plans or created from several architects’ designs. Many structures are from the 19th century, while others have been created in the past few decades.

This city has many buildings that have a distinctive character and provide a unique look, including the Ritz Theatre and Hotel. It was built by William H. Nicholas Jr., who had special interest in theatre architecture, as well as Art Deco construction, which is one of the significant features of the building. It is one of Kansas City’s finest examples of Art Deco architecture, which has been recognized for its historical significance. The Grandview Triangle Building on Main Street is another iconic example, both because it represents early modernism and was created by some exceptional architects who were inspired by Frank Lloyd Wright’s ideas. Other notable examples include the Liberty Memorial Tower, which is one of the city’s major architectural symbols because it was built after World War I, as well as the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, which houses some exceptional historical artworks that have been restored by the museum’s team.

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Popular Home Styles in Kansas City

Kansas City is filled with historic homes, especially in the historic neighborhoods. This includes Victorian row houses and row-houses with one to three stories built in the early 20th century. The West Side neighborhood was built for miners who moved into Kansas City during World War I and has many small homes that are often referred to as “war cottages”. They are often one-story, wooden craftsman style homes that reflect the simplicity of their time. You can also find historic homes in Hyde Park along 44th street which is known for its many late 1800’s mansions.

Kansas City is also home to many modernist homes such as the Edward Delk House which was designed by Frank Lloyd Wright in 1950 and built in KC’s neighborhood of Brookside. This house reflects the influence of Japanese architecture with its horizontal lines and cedar siding. 

In conclusion, Kansas City has a rich architectural history that includes many styles of homes, with the modernist and mid-century styles being unique to this city. You can see these reflected in both old buildings and new developments throughout the city today.

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