Heritage Hike: Central Hyde Park
Kansas City’s First Neighborhoods: Central Hyde Park
Hyde Park is a well-preserved,turn-of-the-century neighborhood characterized by large residences built in a variety of architectural styles which reflect the work of many leading local architects. The design, detail and methods of construction are of high quality and represent some of the best residential design in Kansas City at the time of construction. The neighborhood was developed by and for some of the city’s most prominent citizens. The structures in Hyde Park are residential, primarily single family and are executed in a wide variety of styles: Colonial Revival, Shingle style, Queen Anne, Victorian Romanesque, Prairie, School Style, Bungalow and the Kansas City Vernacular “Shirtwaist” style house. The Hyde Park Historic District consists of 291 significant structures and the park property which remain vertually intact from the time of their construction at the turn-of-the-century.
The Hyde Park city park is also significant as the first park designed in Kansas City by Ceorge E. Kessler, the landscape architect who later designed Kansas City’s exemplary parks and boulevards system. This park was not originally part of that system, but was a ‘proving ground” for the young architect who had worked in New York with Brederick Law Olmstead on Central Park.
The park and neighborhood have survived with very few changes in their original appearance making the Hyde Park one of the best preserved examples of early 20th century residential design and planning in Kansas City.