KANSAS CITY, Mo., Sept. 9, 2016 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — Hyde Park Neighborhood — Ten historic homes, including Kansas City shirtwaists, open their doors for tours during the biennial Hyde Park Historic Homes Tour. The Tour hosted by The Hyde Park Neighborhood Association (HPNA) will be Saturday, October 1 from 10 am until 6 p.m., and a Candlelight Tour will be Friday, September 30 from 6 p.m. until 10:30 p.m.
The biennial tour showcases the architectural diversity of historic Hyde Park in midtown Kansas City, located between the Plaza and Crown Center.
The event includes a candlelight tour of four homes Friday evening, September 30, and the October 1 tour includes six homes:
* 3800 Campbell, a Prairie School home built in 1907 designed by Thomas Wight of the architectural firm Wilder and Wight whose body of work includes The Nelson Atkins Art Museum, Kansas City Life, and Redemptorist Church. Sixty-six windows connect the indoors to the outdoors.
* 4519 Gillham was built by Truman Wheelock in 1909. Wheelock built many homes in South Hyde Park and focused on building modern, affordable homes. Original historic features are paired with today’s modern conveniences.
* 4233 Kenwood features Prairie Style, Kansas City Shirtwaist, and Craftsman details. The home has original detailed woodwork, box beams, and light fixtures. The current owner is only the fourth since the home was built in 1915.
* 3738 Harrison, this Kansas City shirtwaist was built in 1909. The home overlooks park space bordered by Harrison Parkway and features stunning views from decks on several levels.
* 3317 Charlotte is a Victorian Cottage built in 1905. The house has been remodeled to marry modern amenities and historic detail. It has nearly achieved carbon neutrality.
* 3717 Harrison, this Colonial was built in 1911 for Kate Hayes, the recently widowed wife of Kansas City’s Chief of Police, John B. Hayes. In 1943, the home was converted into an apartment building and changed ownership ten times from the mid-1940s to late 2010. The home has undergone a complete historic restoration which included specially milled woodwork to replace missing original details.
Climate-controlled shuttle buses transport visitors to each stop on the Saturday tour. The Saturday tour also includes local bands, food trucks, and vendors.
“When you visit Hyde Park, the personality of the homes and the people who live in them show our neighborhood spirit,” said Angie Splittgerber, HPNA’s president. “We are constantly evolving as a community, and yet, we are anchored by the desire to preserve these amazing historic homes.”
In 2013, the Historic Kansas City Foundation recognized The Hyde Park Homes Tour with a Community Catalyst Preservation Award for the contribution the Tour made to the reinvestment and revitalization of a historic neighborhood. The HPNA is a 501 (c)(3) not for profit corporation.
As it has from the 1830s, Hyde Park continues to attract a diverse, active population who recognize that the quality of life here is world-class. Our park space and our proximity to major museums, the Plaza and Kansas City cultural attractions are unmatched. The Hyde Park Neighborhood Association, Inc. (HPNA) is a 501 (c)(3) not for profit corporation.
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