From the High Lands of Coleman to Roanoke’s Brick Streets
Heritage Hike #2: From the High Lands of Coleman to Roanoke’s Brick Streets
West Port-Roanoke Community Center
Convene at 3601 Roanoke Rd, KCMO
September 28, 2017 @ 9:00am
Roanoke was one of the very first planned suburbs! Students of architecture will know the names George Mathews, Shepard, Farrar and Wiser, Henry Hoit, Nelle Peters, Jesse Lauck, Frederick Gunns, Ernest Brostrom, and Frank Lloyd Wright – noted architects commissioned to build housing in this neighborhood.
The Coleman Highlands neighborhood was platted by Robert Coleman in August of 1907. The location was ideal for a new suburb-atop a bluff and located near streetcar connections to downtown, the west bottoms and Westport. Most houses were built between 1908 and World War I and a second wave of construction occurred between World War I and World War II. These homes were built in a variety of styles that included Colonial Revival, Craftsman, Prairie, Bungalow and Kansas City Shirtwaist.