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Country Club Plaza
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Country Club District
Nichols, Jesse Clyde ...
Ford, Susan Jezak
He Had the Vision
Photo and biographical article about Kersey Coates (1823-1887), a Quaker and native of Pennsylvania coming to Kansas City in 1855 as a lawyer and town booster, promoting railroads and real estate development...
He Makes Homes Grow in Waste Places
Interview with Nichols on his business tactics in the growth of his real estate development, along with anecdotes about neighbors causing notable nuisances.
He's the Man!
March 6-12, 2003
Article describing the efforts of developer Ray Braswell to work with preservationists in creating a plan to develop a boutique hotel on the Plaza's "West Edge." The article details several other Plaza...
Homkor Gets City Financing to Proceed
Photo and article about the acquistion and renovation of "the long-vacant University Hospital building" in the Northeast neighborhood by "Homkor of Missouri, a private real estate development company."...
Houston Firm Will Run Hotel Near Plaza
July 10, 2012
Houston-based Valencia Group will take control of the unfinished hotel in the Plaza Vista complex in the area formerly known as the West Edge. Now named the Hotel Sorella, the hotel will have 132 rooms...
J. C. Nichols Collection Finding Aid
1912-1960 (bulk 1922-1950)
J. C. Nichols was born in Olathe, Kansas, in 1880 and died in Kansas City, Missouri, in 1950. He was a major residential land developer in the metropolitan area. He was a pioneer in the development of...
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....
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.
KC 2020 Part II: The Ghosts of KC's Future Past
April 17-23, 2014
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...
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...
Mission Not Accomplished
January 16-22, 2014
Summary of the Mission Gateway development project, located at the intersection of Roe Avenue and Johnson Drive in Mission, Kansas. A timeline of developments and actions proposed by real estate developer...
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...
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.
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....
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...
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...
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...
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.
Real Estate Giant Phil Kirk Dies
October 24, 2014
Obituary for downtown developer and retired chairman of DST Systems, Phil Kirk. Details of Kirk's life and career are provided. Kirk is recognized for his many notable downtown development projects and...
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