Historic homes have always captivated me. As a kid growing up in Atchison, I loved the grand old beauties in the town’s historic neighborhood. The years Dan and I lived there, in our 130-year-old Greek revival, were some of my favorites. It was a labor of love for us to help preserve the home’s beauty so it could continue to enchant its lucky occupants for decades to come.
So when I heard about a wonderful new book just being released that showcased Kansas City’s grandest historic homes, I couldn’t wait to get my hands on it. Now, you can too, at a special engagement at Nell Hill’s.
On Tues., Nov. 6, 2:00 to 4:00 p.m., we will welcome author Michael C. Kathrens to Nell Hill’s, where he will sign his brand new book, Kansas City Houses: 1885-1938. I hope you will join us for this complimentary reception, to meet Michael and learn more about Kansas City’s toniest residences.
The book explores the development of Kansas City’s architectural treasures, built during the city’s boom years. It explains how the city’s poshest residential districts came to be, beginning with Quality Hill in the 1850s, through the boom years of the 1920s, including the Sunset Hill and Mission Hills districts.
“The great houses of Kansas City weave a surprisingly rich architectural tapestry, filled with exquisite detailing and sumptuous effects,” explains Kathrens,a scholar specializing in American residential architecture of the mid-nineteenth through the early twentieth centuries. His ambitious book shares the stories of these stately dwelling using floor plans, architectural drawings and photos that detail interior architectural elements.
Though the years, as I’ve driven by the jaw-dropping gems in Kansas City’s stylish historic neighborhoods, I’ve dreamed of taking a peek inside. What do the rooms look like? How are they finished? What was the story behind their design? Now is my chance to find out!
The book features more than 40 superb houses, each one reflecting the outsized fortunes of the influential Kansas Citians who built them, including newspaper publisher William Rockhill Nelson, whose fortune helped establish the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art; minerals magnate August R. Meyer; lumber baron Robert A. Long; oilman Ernest C. Winters; and Walter E. Bixby of Kansas City Life Insurance.
Come join us at Nell Hill’s for this special book engagement to learn more about the rich history of Kansas City and its most magnificent homes. I can’t wait to get an autographed copy for my history loving husband, a holiday gift I know he’ll love.
Nancy saysOctober 29, 2018 at 6:16 pm
Sorry in Charlotte, NC, otherwise would be so excited to attend. Love the camelback loveseat and fireside wingback chairs in last photo. Great to learn about the historic homes.
Beulah saysOctober 30, 2018 at 11:06 am
I thank you for giving me and a lot of other people the opportunity to view these beautiful old Historic homes and their interiors. You have brought so much culture and decorating knowledge to us. My self I appreciate all you do to give us class and education in so many decorating and home ideas. I enjoy your Briarcliff shop and it’s a real treat to walk around in every room and view the ideas that help me in my own home.
rowena larsen saysNovember 2, 2018 at 10:02 am
Mary Carol, would it be possible to buy a book through your store for my daughter for Xmas. She lives in Prairie Village and I, her mother live in Muscle Shoals, Al
Mary Carol Garrity saysNovember 4, 2018 at 9:11 am
Hi Al, Of course! Just give us a call at the store – 816-746-4320.