Location: 4728 Summit Kansas City, MO
In June of 2015 neighborhood residents reported that these Plaza apartments on Summit had been vacated by all occupants. A subsequent search of city permit applications revealed utility cut-off and pre-demolition permits, indicating an intent for the buildings to be razed by the owner, Price Brothers Development.
The buildings were designed by Nelle Peters in 1927, a noted Kansas City architect. She specialized in apartment buildings and hotels and was one of the few female architects to have an independent practice. She designed hundreds of buildings in the Kansas City area. These apartments were particularly distinctive in the Plaza landscape, contributed to its human scale, and were an important component of the residential and architectural fabric of the area.
On Friday June 12th Historic Kansas City filed an application with the City Historic Preservation Office to include the three buildings located at 4728, 4730 and 4734 Summit in the Nelle Peters Thematic Historic District. This action put into effect a demolition delay until the application could be considered for listing on the Kansas City Register of Historic Places. The Historic Preservation Commission voted 5-1 in favor of listing the buildings. The City Plan Commission agreed and voted 6-0 in favor of listing.