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"Blind" Boone Plays On in Columbia - Restoring the Home of a Ragtime Great
Pictures and article about the work to restore the home of John Willliams "Blind" Boone, a great pioneer of American ragtime music. The home is at 10 North Fourth Street in downtown Columbia, Missouri,...
19th Century School Awaits Restoration
December 25, 2006
Article detailing the work of a restoration group working to convert the Benjamin Banneker School building in Parkville, Missouri, into a museum. Benjamin Banneker was a one-room, segregated school for...
A Movie Theater With Small-Town Charm
July 11, 2010
Short article about the Rio Theatre in downtown Overland Park and its owners. Includes many color photographs of interior and exterior.
Boosters Sketch Plans For Bingham Museum
February 26, 2008
A group of people are proposing an art museum be put in the old Jackson County Courthouse in Independence, Missouri, in an effort to help generate money for the $10 million restoration of the courthouse...
Creating a Prairie Map of Missouri
Article on the importance and benefits of historic landscape mapping on the conservation work being done today. Walter Schroeder looks back on his work that was published in 1981 on the presettlement prairie...
Downtown Picks Up
Photos and article about the renovation to condos of the Union Carbide building between 10th and 9th streets on Baltimore. The Art Deco building is listed in the National Register of Historical Places...
Effort to Restore School Revitalized
May 3, 2009
Before her death in 2004, Lucille Douglass worked to restore the Benjamin Banneker School in Parkville, one of the first schools built for black students in Platte County. The project languished, but the...
For Organ, A Resurrection of Sorts
January 1, 2009
Color photograph in article about the purchase, move, and restoration of the 1869 E & G. G. Hook pipe organ installed at the Rainbow Mennonite Church in Kansas City, Kansas. Its former home was the abandoned...
Helzberg Plans Symphony Offices
April 15, 2008
Philanthropist Shirley Helzberg plans to restore and expand the old Vitagraph Film Exchange Building at 17th and Wyandotte for symphony offices and other tenants. Its close proximity to the Kauffman Center...
Here's a Cozy, Old Fixer-Upper in the Woods
May 31, 2005
Article describes the planned restoration of the Atkins-Johnson Farm, at 6508 N. Jackson St. in Gladstone, Missouri. Early Clay County settlers Jonathan Q. Atkins and Mary Stone Atkins reportedly moved...
Historic Building Comes Back to Live
August 30, 2011
Trozzolo Communications Group renovates the former four-story brick Nelkin-Piper Building at Eight and Wyandotte streets. It cost the firm $6.5 million. The building “originally was a millinery factory,...
Historic Kansas City Foundation's Endangered Buildings Saved
Article profiles seven buildings that were previously on the Historic Kansas City Foundation's endangered buildings list, but have been restored and renovated in recent years. 1) New York Life Building...
Hotel Frederick: Turn of the (21st) Cenutry Elegance
Color photographs and article about the restoration of the 1905 Hotel Frederick in Boonville. The hotel is located at 501 E. High Street.
Katz Drug Building Could Get a New Life
August 14, 2009
Developer Brent Lambi wants to renovate the historic store located on Main Street and "restore it to its original charm." Lambi is in the process of purchasing the building that was declared a city landmark...
Lanesfield School: Readin', Writin', and Restoration
In-depth article about the Lanesfield School in Johnson County, Kansas. The one-room schoolhouse that opened in 1870 with 69 pupils was built of native fieldstone. "In March 1987, the Board of County Commissioners...
Making History for KC Again
May 13, 2010
The Kansas City Symphony "relocated to its new space in the restored Vitagraph Film Exchange Building at 17th and Wyandotte streets on May 1." The $24 million renovation of the building was philanthropist...
Meet the NEW President: Kansas City's Most Famous Historic Hotel Returns
Article discusses a brief history of the hotel and the renovations made since the reopening in 2006.
Mending Broken Statues, Spirits
February 16, 2009
Profile of sculptor Jennifer Walker and her work restoring damaged religious statues. Walker, a graduate of the Kansas City Art Institute, has been involved in the restoration of Union Station, the Muehlebach...
October 3, 2008
Faultless Starch/Bon Ami is spending $5 million to renovate the former Sewall Paint and Glass Company building at 1009 W. Eighth Street. Other companies are finding that restoring old buildings in the...
Restoration Project ‘Is Ready To Go’ Now
May 18, 2011
Starting in early June, the Rochester Hotel, located at 1821 Highland Ave., and six vacant houses on the west side of the street, will undergo a $3.8 million restoration project. Upon completion, the project...
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