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Ray, Mrs Sam (Mildred...
Carrie Westlake Whitne...
Crossroads Arts District
Street level view of 1919 Wyandotte located in the Crossroads Art District of the midtown area of Kansas City, MIssouri. Sign on building says "Downtown Neon & Gallery."
Crown Center: The Master Plan by Edward Larrabee Barnes Called for a Large Volume of Initial Construction to Create an Impact in a Decaying Area
Photos, maps, illustrations, and article about the construction of the Crown Center mixed-use development of shopping, hotel, and residential space in Midtown Kansas City. History of its planning since...
Curtiss-Wright Flying Service Photograph Collection Finding Aid
This collection contains 57 black and white 8" x 10" photographs housed in one box. Views include downtown area, West bottoms, riverfront area, industrial areas, midtown area including Union Station and...
Death of a City Block Recalls 100-Year Parade of History
Block 39, encompassing 19th to 20th Streets and Grand to McGee Streets, finally empty of buildings, the last to of which being the Medallion Insurance Building. Originally platted in the 1878 Mastin subdivision,...
Did You Know. ..?
Article contains four historic facts about the following: (1) the Holmes Street Railway, (2) the placement of streets in the Midtown district "in a basic grid pattern," (3) the first automobile built in...
Discusses a pack of wild dogs that resided on the vacant land that was cleared for the Glover Plan, and how those dogs have moved into surrounding neighborhoods as construction of the development progresses....
Dorothea Eldridge Slide Collection Finding Aid
A group of 108 color slides of images of Kansas City from the 1950s and 1960s, taken by Eldridge, an amateur photographer. The photos include buildings, fountains, hospitals, rooftop views of downtown...
Downtown Districts Reflect Individual Strengths
Summary and assessment of Kansas City downtown development at the end of 2009. Articles contain descriptions of activity in districts of the central city: The "Loop" (Central Business District); Government/East...
Early Kansas City Architect: Charles E. Shepard
Biography of architect Charles E. Shepard (or Charles Shepard), often confused with fellow architect Clarence E. Shepard,. Article contains descriptions and photos of many of his buildings designed by...
Early Kansas City Architects: Alice G. Jackson
Photo and biographical article about Alice Jackson, an early woman architect in Kansas City. She was born in Illinois in 1863 and did not start her architectural career until she was almost 50 years old....
Eastside Urban Renewal Project
Photos, illustrations, map, and article about the "[r]ecommendations for modifying facades of 15 structures in the Eastside Urban Renewal Project area" of Downtown "bounded by the Intercity Freeway on...
Electric Park Grounds
Aerial view, looking northwest near 46th and Woodland, of former park grounds.
Faces of the Past: Off the Stump
Photo and biographical description of 80-year-old Midtown resident Arvid Owsley (nicknamed "Hippo"), formerly engaged for "16 years (1952-1969) as Jackson County Sheriff," and retiring from his law practice...
For Improving the Physical Environment: Lifting the Face of Kansas City
Photo, map, and article about the urban renewal aspects of the construction of "Hallmark's Crown Center" by the company's founder Joyce Hall on the Midtown area surrounding "his headquarters building."...
July 27-August 2, 2006
Article describes the efforts of historic preservationists to protect the home and factory of Kenneth Smith, a renowned manufacturer of golf clubs who died in 1977. Smith bought his Shawnee home, located...
Foreword: Renewing Downtown, One Building at a Time
Editorial article about the revival of parts (or "neighborhoods") of Downtown and Midtown Kansas City, especially the Crossroads District, 39th Street (in Westport or Midtown), and potentially next in...
Fruit of the Money Tree
Photographs and article about Joe Zwillenberg, a young restauranteur responsible for the Joe Joe's Italian Eatery chain of restaurants, as well as a new venture in midtown, Joe's Burger Joint.
Getting Up to Date on Kansas City
Brief article about the "huge building and rebuilding boom" in Kansas City with its new airport and Midtown multi-use Crown Center, hotels, and restaurants convenient for travelers.
Gillham Park Murders
A collection of 70 pages of photocopied newspaper articles detailing the murders of six women and the subsequent investigation of those crimes. Over a seven-month period in 1989 and 1990, six women were...
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