Pre-Civil War Residences in Kansas City Are Focus of Architecture Series

For Immediate Release:
June 6, 2011
Contact: Paul Smith
816.701.3668
Pre-Civil War Residences in Kansas City Are Focus of Architecture Series

The Kansas City Public Library hosts local experts for a series of discussions about Antebellum Homes of Kansas City as part of its annual Kansas City Architecture Series on Sundays at 2 p.m. throughout June and July 2011 at the Plaza Branch, 4801 Main St.

The series begins on June 19 with Eric Bushnell, vice president of community and government relations for James B. Nutter, discussing the history of the Nathan Scarritt Home – the oldest frame house still standing in the Westport area -- located at 4038 Central. 

On June 26, Tom Taylor reviews the history of the John B. Wornall House – built in the Greek Revival style and later used as a field hospital during the Battle of Westport – and the Alexander Majors House, the residence of a leading entrepreneur and co-founder of the Pony Express. 

On July 10, Tom Cooke examines the history of the Bent-Ward House, whose property – located at 1032 W. 55th Street – served as part of the battleground during the Battle of Westport.  

The series concludes on July 24 when Alana Smith, president of the Westport Historical Society, shares the history of the Harris-Kearney Home, now located at 4000 Baltimore after being moved from its original location in 1922.

Admission for all events is free. RSVP online or call 816.701.3407.

Major funding for programs at the Kansas City Public Library is provided by a generous grant from the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation.