Spanish Architecture in Kansas City

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Real Estate Agent with BHG Real Estate - Kansas City Homes SP00229578 2007027091

Spanish Architecture in Kansas City

Architecture Plaza KC The reason we have Spanish style architecture in Kansas City is because Jesse Clyde Nichols took a European vacation. Sounds simple enough.

In actuality, JC bought the land that is now the Country Club Plaza in the early 1900's. The main form of transportation was still horse and buggies and trains for cross country. Automobiles were owned by a few of the wealthier individuals but everyone did not have a car as they do today.

When JC shared his vision of an upscale shopping center with his friends, most of them told him he was crazy. Brush Creek was a watering hole for horses. Kansas City was the last civilized stop for travelers heading out west.

When I look at what this man envisioned and made happen, I am amazed at his foresight. He left enough room for roads so that all these years later, today's traffic is still accommodated.

There are wide sidewalks for pedestrians and two or three lanes going each way for cars. The buildings conform to the Spanish style of architecture yet each is unique and beautiful in it's own right.

As one walks the Plaza in Kansas City, one finds fountains, statues, and art in many forms to admire. Over the last two decades the chain stores have moved into the Plaza but even they cannnot diminish its' beauty.

Hats off to JC Nichols whose vision became a reality that we will all enjoy for many generations!

Active Rain members are invited to post photos, history and stories of your locale in the new group Architecturally Interesting.

Thanks for reading!


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Anonymous #14
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That's not just architecturally interesting, it's just flat out pretty. They sure don't make them like that anymore.

July 30, 2009 01:56 AM
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Maria Morton
Kansas City Real Estate 816-560-3758
BHG Real Estate - Kansas City Homes

I think a lot of man hours are spent keeping the buildings clean and re-grouting and tuck pointing so that they stay pretty. Well worth it, in my opinion.

July 30, 2009 05:45 AM
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Laura Monroe
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Wow Maria~ I love this building..I'm a lover of color so this really is beautiful. A wonderful blog about its history, sounds like a wonderful place to shop!

August 01, 2009 12:16 PM
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Maria Morton
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BHG Real Estate - Kansas City Homes

Laura, the Plaza is a great place to shop - and eat and drink and just walk around! Thanks for stopping by.

August 02, 2009 09:23 AM
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Chris Olsen
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Hi Maria -- I have heard over time that KC has some amazing architecture.  Looking at this photo just draws me in, making me want to go inside and see what treasures await!

January 16, 2011 11:08 PM
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