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What Makes Miller Run? Or Persistence and the Art of Real Estate Development
Photos, illustrated caricature, and biographical article about Miller Nichols, "a son of J. C. Nichols" and inheritor of "his father's real estate company, its properties and its prized Country Club Plaza...
Time for New Developer?
February 28, 2009
Article describes problems involved in developing the Citadel Plaza shopping center at 63rd and Prospect. City officials are considering whether or not to break the contract with the Community Development...
The Vision of Whitney Kerr: City Boy
Photos and biographical article about Whitney Kerr, a local real estate developer and president of Kerr & Company. Description of his career, leading the Johnson County, Kansas, real estate development...
The Power Elite 2001
Photos and article about the "power elite" of Kansas City in 2001, including the following (mainly business executives): (1) William Esrey of Sprint, (2) the UMB Kempers, (3) the Halls of Hallmark, (4)...
The General Devol House
Article includes photo and caption about the house located in Quality Hill at 10th and Pennsylvania Avenue, built in the 1870s. Also concerning its possible preservation in Lewis Kitchen's real estate...
The Beginning of Two Great Family Fortunes
July 23, 1911
File contains map, illustrations, and article about the fortunes provided for the Smart and Swope families starting with the (later Downtown) real estate development of "[t]he old Smart farm" "bounded...
Successful Investments Based on Research, Luck
December 10-16, 1999
Article detailing history of the author's real estate development company, M.D. Management, Inc.
Sherman W. Dreiseszun
December 6, 2007
Obituary for Sherman W. Dreiseszun who died December 3, 2007, at his home in Leawood, Kansas. He was "a two-time past President and President for Life of Kehilath Israel Synagogue, member of its Men's...
Shaping Kansas City
Review of "the power players in Kansas City real estate," from different real estate development companies shaping the city, especially Kansas City and Overland Park.
Razing Will Start Re-Raising of Antioch Mall
October 29-November 4, 2010
The first phase of demolition of the Antioch Center will begin February 1, 2011. Article describes the plans for the site of the Antioch Redevelopment Partners LLC and provides a work timetable.
Plan Aims to Reverse Urban Core's Decline
September 4, 2012
Article discussing the Land Trust of Jackson County and the decision for it to turn over ownership of 447 blighted and abandoned properties to the city. The city is in the process of creating a land bank...
Pen and Sunlight Sketches of Greater Kansas City
Photo (of "row houses on Prospect Avenue, built by J. F. Reeder") and description of the real estate development (including "Wauneta Park") and construction business of J. F. Reeder. Native of Iowa coming...
On The Edge of a New Start
March 25-31, 2011
The West Edge project in the Country Club Plaza has hired construction manager David Harrison, a principal with Caymus Real Estate LLC. Harrison has the task of completing the remaining "shell of the 130-room...
Office Tower Gets New Lease on Life
One-page article about Town Pavilion, "an 855,000-square-foot, 34-story, Class A office building at 1100 Walnut St." Copaken-Brooks leases and manages the building that was originally known as AT&T Pavilion....
Feature article describes J. C. Nichols and his crowning achievement, the Country Club Plaza. Provides a brief history of his time in Kansas City and his many accomplishments throughout the city.
Photo and bio of Nelle Elizabeth Nichols Peters, or Nelle Peters (1884-1974), an early woman architect in Kansas City designing mainly hotel and apartment buildings. Native of North Dakota coming to Kansas...
Lester M. Dean, Sr.
November 3, 2005
Obituary for Lester M. Dean, Sr., who was born December 7, 1921 and died October 30, 2005. He founded over 21 companies during his lifetime including Dean Operations with Dean Realty and Dean Machinery...
Biographical sketch of Leo Leslie, "one of the foremost builders and owners of handsome residences and fine business property in Kansas City," born in Massachusetts in 1856 and coming to Kansas City in...
Karbank Leaves an Industrial-Sized Legacy with his Peers
September 28, 2007
This article is part of a series profiling"catalysts" in Kansas City's history to mark the 25th anniversary of the Kansas City Business Journal. Barney Karbank was a real estate developer.
Judge Smart Lived Up to His Name with Early Real Estate Purchases in KC
May 10, 1989
Article describes Judge Thomas A. Smart who purchased land in the 1830s where downtown Kansas City would someday be. Smart also ran a store on the levee and eventually sold his land to Col. Thomas Swope....
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