Thursday, September 24, 2009

Will We See More of This?

Kansas City has a beautiful 1920's era district known as the Country Club District. The prominent street through the district is Ward Parkway - a large grassy parkway designed in 1906 by JC Nichols and George Kessler.

Many influential families lived along the parkway in it's heyday. Here are some examples of the beautiful and extravagent architecture along the parkway...........

Above photos from Wikipedia

Photo: KMBC
This once-lovely English/Georgian style home was designed by Edward Tanner in 1926 and was modeled after a Sir Christophen Wren design. The mansion was home to the Bloch family of H&R Block for over 50 years. The house was also the Kansas City Symphony Designer's Showhouse home for 2006.

Well, this once beautiful estate was completely demolished earlier this week. The current owners defaulted on their loan and the bank could not find a buyer who could meet the minimum amount due on the loan. Neighbors were purportedly "tired of the trash piling up and crooks stealing items from the vacant house."

So a beautiful historic home is now a pile of rubble.


As the economy continues to worsen and more homes are foreclosed and more people file for bankruptcy, are we going to continue to lose historic homes? Or was this simply ONE House that slipped through the cracks?

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Shanty 2 Chic said...

Oh I hate that... I LOVE old homes and think they have so much character. I recently saved 2 windows from a demo down the street... such a waste! Thanks for sharing!

Rue said...

I'm sure you know how sick this made me. I can't even bring myself to watch the video for fear of a puffy face after crying my eyes out. I really hop and pray that this is just one house that slipped through the cracks.


Fifi Flowers said...

That is AWFUL!!! I hate to see this!

Anonymous said...

I hate to see old homes being lost. It makes me so sad. My house was built in 1876 - a baby here in Plymouth, MA! But my father in law to be said "couldn't you find something newer?", it's sad but that kind of mentality is what a lot of people have today and why old homes are being bulldozed.

Kathleen said...

How horrible. I hope the neighbors think back when something new eventually goes into that lot. Yikes.

Susan said...

Just visiting from The Nester's blog and saw this post. Oh, it just breaks my heart and makes me wonder how many other homes like this have fallen through the cracks.

I love your artwork!

Kelly said...

Wow, I didn't expect that! I was scanning the pictures at first, thinking what a pretty house! Then I saw the bulldozer! What kind of crack are they on to tear down such a beautiful house!?

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