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Historic Kansas City Adds Westport To Annual List Of ‘Most Endangered’ Places

August 16, 2018

2017-18 HKC Most Endangered List

HKC announces our 2017 – 2018 Most Endangered list of buildings and other places around Kansas City at risk of being demolished or of crumbling into obscurity. We do this to draw attention to their plight, and in hopes of attracting new owners, developers, or community groups who will commit to restore, repurpose and maintain their unique appeal. These historic places are irreplaceable community assets that tell the story of the city and its development. The list is a non-exhaustive roster in no particular order and is a call for action by all stakeholders.

This year’s list reflects both the diversity of Kansas City’s historic places and the variety of threats they face. From African American sites to Modern Architecture, to historic resources in Westport, the Old Northeast area, the Country Club Plaza, to categories of resources including historic churches, apartment buildings, closed schools, and commercial neighborhood structures, and individual sites such as Epperson House or Sauer Castle.

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July 26, 2018

18th & Vine Design Guidelines

18th and Vine historically served as the epicenter of African American life within Kansas
City. Around this intersection, commercial and entertainment activity blended with
residential life, creating a completely self-sufficient community within the greater Kansas
City area. It was in this area that Kansas City jazz was born with its own distinctive style
that draws upon New Orleans jazz and ragtime. Due to this unique association with the
African American experience in Kansas City and the creation of Kansas City Jazz, the
18th and Vine District is nationally, regionally, and locally significant.

June 28, 2018

Country Club Plaza Walking Guide

In addition to being one of Kansas City’s favorite gathering places, the Country Club Plaza is widely considered a jewel of 20th-century urban design. At 95 years old, the district endures as the most vital and valued part of its regional community, which counts over two million residents and 20 million
annual visitors. Famously designed to embrace the automobile, the Plaza is in fact human
scaled, with rich and layered decoration and detail intended to enchant and reward those
who take the time for a walk and a moment to look around them.  This guide, organized as a series of walking tours and seven short essays, provides entertaining facts and insight on the unique character and features of the Plaza.

April 20, 2018

Westport Presentation

The Wesport Survey Presentation presented on February 6th to the public.

February 26, 2018