Showing posts with label Lykins. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Lykins. Show all posts

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Northeast Fall Homes Tour - Volume Two

Tom and Kate O'Donnell were the first to live in this Independence Plaza Home built in 1909 for $2,000.  Tom was a Kansas City Police Officer whose beat was in the West Bottoms.  Another Tom, Tom Ribera owns the home today with his wife Laura Remy.  It's a work in progress as extensive renovations are required.

Above, two of the docents for the home Leslie Caplan, President of Scarritt Renaissance Neighborhood Association, and her niece.

Above, former residents of the home look at photos on the wall.  This home stayed in the O'Donnell/Sullivan family for three generations.

The Lykins Neighborhood is the site of this Myrtle Avenue home built in 1890.   In 1895 the residence became the "Door of Hope" a home for "fallen women and incorrigible girls."  In June 2008 Jason and Candy Fields bought the home.  As the house had been abandoned for quite some time, it was in pretty poor shape.  New HVAC in the attic, 100 sheets of sheetrock.. and duct work have brought the old charmer back.

The Fields are founders of the Urban Farming Guys... a group that believes in sustainability and making their living from the earth.

There is an aquaponics system in the greenhouse above, and they also raise fish all year long in the same facility.

The home is powered by a solar-array that provides 25kilowatts of power.   Rainwater is collected from the array and stored in large barrels that feed a drip-line to the plantings.  The array provides all the electricity the home needs.

The Sheffield Neighborhood is home to Our Lady of Peace Parish (formerly St. Stephens) and the rectory was on tour as well as the church.  The stone for this home, built in 1908 for $3,000, was quarried in the East Bottoms.  The architectural style is "Cornbelt Cube"..  It has been sub-divided into offices for the Parish.    In 1918 the Priest stood on the second floor balcony to conduct Mass in hopes of avoiding the spread of the Spanish Flu then ravaging the country.

Above, the newel post and railing are original.

In 1919 the church was built with stone quarried from downtown Kansas City.  It cost $30,000.

Another Sheffield home built ca 1900 and 1902 in the Vernacular Farmhouse style.  The first recorded resident was Albert B. Baird, a house carpenter.
Mr. and Mrs. Jerry Morales, who lived next door, purchased this home for rental income.  They transferred ownership of the home to their son Mark who lives there today.  Mark Morales is also President of the Sheffield Neighborhood Association.

Friday, March 4, 2011

Northeast Mansions Volume 5-Lykins

In 1883 architect E.P. Graves, pictured above, designed a home for the Buchanan family. Mr. Buchanan was the Principal of Central High School in Kansas City. In 1887 the home was finshed and the family moved in. A twin to this home stood right next door to the east. Located in the Lykins Neighborhood of Northeast Kansas City it is now a one-man restoration project. My friend Anthony who is undertaking the 10-year project gave me a before tour today. He's going to allow me to photograph his progress as it takes place. He is restoring the home for his own use.
Above, the home faces south on Ninth Street at a high point along that roadway. Below is the East side with a vacant lot where the twin house was until 1910 and then a store occupied the spot. Our house was subdivided sometime in the past into apartments and many important features were walled off. Note the stone foundation below... normally all basement that section was divided into bedrooms as a part of the original design.

West side of the property.... pictures taken in driving rain so we got water spots.
Front door leading to the entry hall above and first to second floor stairs. Railing will need to be replaced. There is also a back stair to the second floor and to the "basement."
All pictures taken with the Nikon D3 and 14-24mm F2.8 lens at ASA 800. Aperture priority at F5.6. Bounced flash when ceiling available.

Above and below the living room. Most of the original woodwork is still there with its original varnish. Pocket doors have vanished though.

When the home was vacant prior to Anthony's purchase many things from the interior vanished including the door above.
The dining room. The far wall was turned into a closet and the fireplace completely covered over with drywall. Below, same room looking northwest... nice nook with big windows.

Above, looking into what I'm going to call the Music Room.... and below, in the room itself.

Above, the kitchen looking back into the dining room and music room... door on the right leads out onto a porch which was added sometime early on... roughly 1900. Below, the back stair to the second floor up and the basement down.

Above, Anthony has the parts to this bannister stored in the attic.
Bedroom on second floor.... what was a kitchen in one of the apartments.
Master suite, north portion, Anthony lives on site in the south section of the master suite. All totaled a wonderful sweep of windows. Many of the windows are original..some with the original hardware.
Above, looking down the front stairs to the entry hall.
Above and below the stairs to the "basement" ground floor residential area.

Sometime in the past (not the original builders) someone thought it would be wise to lay planks and beams right on the dirt floor. Predictably this led to rot and termites. Room above was probably a bedroom... the green paint on the windows and wainscoting likely original.
Above and below views of what is left of the dirt-touching wood.

Above, this wall is a major support for the center of the whole house. It too was resting on a beam in contact with the ground. As the beam was eaten away the central portion of the house began to sink... it is partially visible above in the top of the left door... about a 5-inch drop.

Concrete was poured covering the dirt... but still not a good plan... Anthony has to remove all the concrete and much of the dirt before he can jack up the house and install new support beams. He says he always starts in the basement and works up....

Looking south into another bedroom above and below.... the walls were plastered back in the day.

Another bedroom and closet space.
Anthony kneels near what may have been an opening into a cistern. In 1887 the home would have been outside the city limits. Any water would have come from a well or a cistern.
Above, original door belonging somewhere.... there was a carriage house in back of the home and this might be from it.
Above the steps back up to the first floor.
Above, included this shot from the first floor to show how the door has "sunk" because of the dirt-beam in the basement rotting away. Below, the steps to the third floor. We had to be careful because some are missing.....

Originally this space had a pine floor. It was ripped out to install insulation. Although a large open space that could have been used for a ballroom, there were no provisions for heat so it was probably just storage for the Buchanons. The light colored board on the far wall covers a space where a stained glass window lived..... it was stolen.

Above... roof area directly below a "Widows Walk" on the tower portion of the house.... Anthony has been up there and says the view is spectacular. He can see the spire of the Community of Christ Church in Independence from up there.