Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Merry Christmas

                              Concourse Fountain in Historic Northeast Kansas City Missouri.

Saturday, December 21, 2013

Saturday, December 7, 2013

Historic Northeast Mini-Mansions Volume 5

Built in 1903 for the President of the Cherokee and Arkansas Lumber Company this home now belongs to Josiah, Mickie, and their new daughter Kathryn.   As with many of the larger homes in Northeast it had been sub-divided into apartments after the war.  Josiah and Mickie, in many cases, had to take rooms down to the studs to restore them completely.   Many of the furnishings in the home are treasured family heirlooms .

Above, the entryway had to be completely redone due to extensive alterations when it was converted to apartments... the leaded glass windows in the house are original.
 The leaded glass pocket door on the right is original.  The doors on the left were obtained from Architectural Salvage.
                  The light fixture in the dining room came from Josiah's grandmother's house.
 The kitchen was one of the rooms that had to be taken down to the studs... the cabinets are from the house next door...
                         Play room/family room.... the small blur at the round table is Kathryn.
 The second floor.   Once a bedroom this space is now a family room... Mickie's library is in the small area on the right.
                                 Above and below Kathryn's room which is very well used.

 The second floor hallway looking into the bathroom which, shown below, was created out of another bedroom and what was the original tiny space.

                                   The bathroom also has a door onto a second floor porch.

 Above, the master bedroom and, below, the stairway to the first floor.   The third floor is a work in
                                          progress and is only used for storage now.

The home sits on Gladstone Boulevard in the Scarritt Renaissance Neighborhood.

Saturday, November 9, 2013

Meet Me In St Louis

 My daughter Kelly, along with boyfriend Jon, now lives in St. Louis... her home is in an area south of Tower Grove Park around Magnolia Avenue.   It is awash in carefully restored homes from the 19th and early 20th Centuries.  I love the area.   I will post more tomorrow or Monday.

Monday, November 4, 2013

Twenty-eighth Annual Cliffhanger

 The 2013 Cliffhanger was held Sunday along Cliff Drive in Historic Northeast.  Above and below the start of the 8K race.  This year the Campus of Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences, the major sponsor,  played host to the race with the course beginning at the Paseo Gate of Cliff Drive.

You can see and download all the pictures here:   https://www.dropbox.com/sh/90c1vjkozdujmz8/kyrl4cE9h4

 Above and below, the start of the 5K race.  Approximately 900 runners and walkers took part this year.  The race is presented by the Kansas City Track Club and is a benefit for Northeast Neighbor to Neighbor  (  nnncares.org  ) a Northeast organization for healthcare outreach.

 Participants were treated to pancakes and eggs after the race in the Education Pavilion of KCUMB.

 Leslie Collins, President of the Board of Northeast Neighbor to Neighbor presented a gift tray to Nancy English the Race Director and below Nancy presented Leslie with a check for over $9,000... the funds raised from the race.   Come to think of it, I haven't seen Leslie since.