Historic Kansas City.
I’m a Preservationist
Kansas City boasts some of the country’s most amazing architectural structures. Yet each year, 300 buildings are torn down. History crumbles as each brick falls. With the support of Preservationists across Kansas City, we can work together to protect our city’s built heritage and stop the ongoing demolition of historic resources in our community.
The term Preservationist is not specific to professionals who are preserving architecturally significant buildings. Preservationists are those who care about sustainability, economic development, urban revitalization and community vitality. They are business owners, neighborhood activists, environmentalists, history buffs and urban dwellers. Historic Kansas City is honored to tell the stories of our featured Preservationists. Join us, and let us tell yours.
Designer, Eisterhold Associates Inc.
Winifred works for a local design firm and some of her hobbies include biking, gardening, and bar tending. In 2012 she was recognized as one of the 100 People Who Make Life Better in Kansas City by KC Magazine. She rents a one-of-a-kind home in the Rosedale neighborhood of Kansas City, KS that dates to the 1920s. Winifred believes preservation is important because it serves as a record of the past. When we lose that record, we lose the memory of the object’s significance, and lose the ability to accurately and correctly project our efforts to the future and to progress as a society.
Q: Why do you think preservation is important?
A: Preservation is actually necessary for progress and forward thinking. It reminds us who we are and where we came from, and where we need to go next.
David Wilhm is the owner of KCBrake and Auto Service in the Crossroads neighborhood of Kansas City. He enjoys riding motorcycles, spending time with family and traveling. He became a preservationist simply by purchasing a building built in 1923 and maintaining a businesses at that location.
Q: Why is it important for people to become more involved in preservation?
A: People love the city.
Director/Photographer, Owner of the Guild
David Lindsey Wade is part of the photography and directorial duo called The Wade Brothers, the owners of the Guild KC and a video production company called RW2 studios. The Wade Brothers have been named to Luerzer’s Archive top 100 photographers in the world 3 years in a row and Eisner Museum’s top 15 photographers in the USA. Their work appears in galleries around the world. Lyndon and Lindsey both love Kansas City and have chosen to make KC their home. Their family has been buying buildings in the Crossroads since 1999 out of necessity—they needed a large amount of space for their work and went into areas needing revitalization for affordability. They are passionate about supporting local living and the arts.
Director/Photographer, Owner of the Guild
Lyndon Wade is part of the photography and directorial duo called The Wade Brothers, the owners of the Guild KC and a video production company called RW2 studios. The Wade Brothers have been named to Luerzer’s Archive top 100 photographers in the world 3 years in a row and Eisner Museum’s top 15 photographers in the USA. Their work appears in galleries around the world. Lyndon and Lindsey both love Kansas City and have chosen to make KC their home. Their family has been buying buildings in the Crossroads since 1999 out of necessity—they needed a large amount of space for their work and went into areas needing revitalization for affordability. They are passionate about supporting local living and the arts.
Q: What surprises you about Kansas City now versus Kansas City 10 years ago?
A: The Kansas City Pride – I never thought we would be as united as we are today.
Hammerpress is a letterpress print shop and design studio located in the Crossroads Arts District of Kansas City. Owner Brady Vest established Hammerpress in 1994 after graduating from the Kansas City Art Institute. At the time, the shop consisted of one old press and a cabinet of type. Hammerpress quickly earned recognition by creating distinctive record covers and show posters for independent bands and printing letterpress jobs for local design firms. Now one of the most widely known letterpress studios in the United States, Hammerpress has garnered much attention for their distinct approach to typography and design. Brady lives with his wife Lindsay in the Westside neighborhood. Lindsay also has a thriving business called Little Freshie, a soda fountain and espresso bar in the Westside on 17th Street. Both of their innovative businesses are in vintage spaces that have been meticulously renovated.
THEODORE SELIGSON, FAIA
Architect, Professor of Architecture at the University of Missouri-Kansas City
Theodore “Ted” Seligson has committed his career to advancing architectural practice, education, and preservation. After earning his degree from Washington University, Seligson joined Kivett& Myers Architects in Kansas City. During his tenure, he became head of design and was responsible for some of the firm’s signature modern designs. In 1962, Seligson established his own practice in which he worked for more than 40 years, receiving more than 25 local and national honors. He has also been instrumental in the preservation movement, both in Kansas City and nationwide. Ted worked with Congressman Richard Boling to save and restore the west front of the United States Capital building. He was also instrumental in establishing the Landmarks Commission of Kansas City. Ted was elected to the American Institute of Architects’ College of Fellows in 1979. In 2011, he was awarded the Presidential Award by AIA Kansas City, and the Lifetime Achievement Award by the Historic Kansas City Foundation.
Q: What buildings have you preserved in Kansas City?
A: I was instrumental in preserving Union Station, New York Life Building, The Scarritt Building and Arcade, and more!
Chef/Owner Port Fonda
Patrick Ryan is the Chef and Owner of the Port Fonda food truck and restaurant. He was nominated in 2013 for Food and Wine Magazine’s People’s Best New Chef Award. After having worked in restaurants across the country, he created much local buzz and pioneered the food truck movement in Kansas City with the opening of his Port Fonda food truck. He later opened Port Fonda restaurant in the historic Westport neighborhood and continues to support the urban core and historic neighborhoods through his personal and business endeavors.
Q: What is the best thing to happen to Kansas City recently?
A: It’s the Wild West again. I see people living out their dreams here in KC; they’re doing things that 10 years ago they’d have to leave this city and try somewhere else.