Wednesday, January 19, 2022

I Found Love In The Graveyard

Went to Elmwood Cemetery yesterday and ran into Brad Finch...who gave me a short guided tour. 
Above, yes, a grave, but no marker remains.  Below, the very first burial in Elmwood, 1872. 

We went to the Jewish of the oldest in Kansas City.  Many infants from the early part of the last century .

Above, a zinc marker...very popular before WWII...then zinc was in short supply.  Never erodes, nature won't grow on it... almost eternal.  

Below, many of the markers in this section have special meaning carvings.  Below, you can see the Kohanim Hands  (Kohanim is the plural of Kohan, or, Cohen) giving the priestly blessing.  This signifies a member of the Priest Tribe of Aaron.  The crown represents the Kingdom of Judah.  You might recognize the hand gesture from Star Trek.  Leonard Nimoy was Jewish and when it was necessary for Spock to have a gesture of greeting...he chose the priestly blessing. 

William Askew, namesake for our street of the same name, has been missing his head for years. 
Above, door sealed with marble.   Below,  the namesake of the Waldo  neighborhood.  


Wednesday, January 12, 2022

Gifts From The North

This time of year gifts of ice from our northern neighbors in Montana, the Dakotas, and Nebraska start arriving via the Missouri River.  Above, the Kaw is in the foreground and is relatively ice free.  The Missouri is in the background.  All shots taken from Kaw Point in Fairfax, Kansas City, Kansas. 


Monday, December 13, 2021

Christmas At The Saint Francis

The Saint Francis Apartments were built in 1912.  The current owners purchased the building in 2011. 
If you'd like to see what the building looked like before renovation:

Above, Third floor entryway.  Below, entrance to the apartment. 

The Apartments overlook the Concourse in Historic Northeast Kansas City. Renovations are ongoing, major updates ahead. 


Wednesday, December 8, 2021

Deck The Halls

This home was built in 1902 for Edward A. Stevens a Kansas City lawyer who dabbled in real estate. The entire cost was $25,000 including the land which was purchased from the Nathan Scarritt family it is almost 8,000 square feet in size. Jeff Zumsteg and J. Grant Linville are the current owners and are continuing the restoration of this beauty .  Each Christmas it is decorated top to bottom.   This Colonial Revival is across the street from the Kansas City Museum . It contains seven bedrooms, three and a half                       baths, eight fireplaces and a ballroom on the third floor.