Showing posts with label Historic Northeast Kansas City Missouri. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Historic Northeast Kansas City Missouri. Show all posts

Friday, December 15, 2017

The Halls Are Decked - The Stevens Home

 The 1902 home of Edward A. Stevens is all aglow for the holiday season thanks to its current owners Jeff Zumsteg and Jeffrey Linville.  The annual decorating takes 10 full 8 hour days, although they spread it out a little more than that.   There are 19 Christmas trees in the house this year.  The home is listed on the National and Local Registers of Historic Places.  It has over 8,000 square feet of living space.




After living in the home for only six months, Mr. Stevens passed away.  His wife, Ellen Stuart Moores White Stevens, son and daughter continued living in the house after his death.  His Daughter Aileen married Herbert James, grandson of T.M. James, and after her mothers passing lived in the home until 1925. 
 The front entryway. 

 Stairs leading to the second floor with original stained glass window. 

 Above, side hallway to the kitchen.  Below, stairs to the second floor. 

 Above, dining room.  Below, Gentlemen's Parlor.  









 Above, third floor ballroom.  Below, Jeff Z's English Village. 






 Above, a Mizzou Tree. :)





 Above, Ellen Stevens' portrait painted in 1865.  The Christmas Cactus was a gift to Jeff Z's Grandfather on his wedding day in 1921.  Still going strong after 96 years.   Below, Mrs. Stevens' first husband, William White's portrait, also 1865, he died at the age of 25.  Mrs. Stevens' was a Mayflower descendent. 




Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Saturday, August 5, 2017

Going, Going......

Sad.  I was shooting a renovated 1800s home out south and then came home just to drive by this.... above, the Colonial Apartments... below, the destruction of the Colonial Apartments courtesy of a shameful deal created by the Neighborhood Association and a bully of an institution of higher learning.  A hundred years and an historic district meant nothing.
 Those below are next.





Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Historic Northeast Homes - Volume 13 - 506 Wabash Avenue

506 Wabash was built circa 1888 for physician Valcolon W. Mather by Western Lumber Company.  In 1893 John W. Merrill, manager of the Big Four Tea and Coffee Company was listed as the owner. Mr. Merrill was an enigmatic businessman who was known as an avid collector and the house became affectionately known as "The House of Relics."

 Here is the listing:    http://matrix.heartlandmls.com/matrix/shared/S1n8Mbs3l2Dd/506WabashAvenue


             The current occupants are a graphic designer and artist who are moving out of the area.  Most of the house is original...woodwork, pocket doors, tin ceilings, Victorian heater in the kitchen...floors all are from 1888.  














                                                       Victorian heat in the kitchen.

                                                       Their young son has quite the room....








                                              Above and below, second floor hallway.

                                                         Third floor studio.  Creative space.

          An out building in back of the house has been transformed into a meeting area for gatherings.