Sunday, July 22, 2018

The Garden In July

                                                       Kauffman Memorail Gardens.

Sunday, July 15, 2018

Invisible, Yet Visible

Elmwood Cemetery in Historic Northeast Kansas City shot with a digital camera and infrared filter.  The filter blocks visible light from reaching the camera's sensor so only the infrared spectrum shows up.  Exposure and focusing are by trial and error.  (A lot of the latter.)

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Renovating History

 The Frontenac Apartments, 421-423 South Gladstone Boulevard.  This apartment is top floor right/south.  The building on the right in both photos is The Inn at 425 a nationally known bed and breakfast. The apartment will rent for $1400 per month.  This building was erected in 1910 and is on the National Register of Historic Places. For information:  Nine-one-three-five-seven-nine-five-nine-one-five.  Don't let the 913 alarm you.. the landlords live right next door.

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

History Lost And Found

 In 1900 Margaret Klock Armour, then head of the Women's Christian Association spear-headed a drive to raise the necessary $25,000 to build the Gillis Home for Orphans, left above.  It was built on 3.5 acres of land donated by Colonel Thomas Swope.  It was the third location for the home in the city.  In 1905 Mrs. Armour was instrumental in raising the funds for the "Margaret Klock Armour Home For Aged Couples" right above.  The cornerstone was laid for that building on August 31st, 1904.   Both buildings were deeded in 1927 to The Western Bible College For Negroes for $25,000.  Except for a brief two-year period in the mid 1930s, the College was in continuous use for decades.   Unfortunately, as is all too common in Kansas City, the building on the right (and below) was torn down.  The only remaining remnant is the corner stone which is now located on the porch of the Gillis building.   There is also a commemorative stone on the grounds for the 100th Anniversary of Western Bible College.  Since the College was founded in 1890 I'm assuming the memorial was erected in 1990.   This site is at 2119 Tracy. Mrs. Armour has a connection to Historic Northeast in that she is buried in Elmwood Cemetery.