Postcards From the Edge of Time

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Re: Postcards From the Edge of Time

Post by FangKC » Thu Oct 03, 2013 9:22 am

Hill Haven Apartments, W. 47 and Jefferson, 1940.

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Post by Midtownkid » Thu Oct 03, 2013 11:28 am

SO sad more of the old plaza couldn't have been better preserved. South Plaza is pretty solid at least.

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Re: Postcards From the Edge of Time

Post by FangKC » Thu Oct 31, 2013 8:27 am

I came across this postcard, which I had never seen before.

It appears to be a view from on top of the New York Life Building at 9th and Baltimore looking southwest. I don't know the exact year, but it appears to be post-1900, since the old convention hall is in the image.

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Re: Postcards From the Edge of Time

Post by moderne » Thu Oct 31, 2013 3:42 pm

Interesting, all the still surviving houses.

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Re: Postcards From the Edge of Time

Post by FangKC » Fri Nov 22, 2013 7:33 pm

There used to be a racetrack at 38th and Summit in the Roanoke neighborhood.
In what is now the Roanoke district of Westport, the race track was part of the Kansas City Interstate Fairgrounds which covered the area between 38th Street and Valentine Road, Pennsylvania and Roanoke Road. And the heart of the fairgrounds was the race-track at 38th Street and Summit.
http://valentineneighborhood.org/page2/ ... age14.html

http://kchistory.org/cdm4/item_viewer.p ... OX=1&REC=7
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Re: Postcards From the Edge of Time

Post by moderne » Sun Nov 24, 2013 12:58 pm

The curve on Valentine Road just east of SW Trafficway follows a curve of the old race track. Roanoke Park was originally the quarry from which the stone for houses and retaining walls in Roanoke, Valentine, and Coleman were built.

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Re: Postcards From the Edge of Time

Post by StabnSteer » Tue Dec 31, 2013 8:56 pm

Late to the game, but back in 2003, Fang posted a picture trying to identify a building on 31st just north of the current Penn valley college location. This was St. Joseph's Orphans Home. See http://www.kchistory.org/cdm4/item_view ... OX=1&REC=2

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Post by bbqboy » Fri Jan 03, 2014 10:15 pm

11 years. not long at all :D

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Re: Postcards From the Edge of Time

Post by FangKC » Fri May 09, 2014 9:22 pm

Advertisement for the RKO Mainstreet vaudeville show, and films, in 1931, about 10 years after the theater opened.

I don't know about the rest of you, but I'd love to see the simian gigolos and Brazilian monkey jazz band.

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Re: Postcards From the Edge of Time

Post by FangKC » Fri May 09, 2014 9:26 pm

This is about the best photo I've seen of the Grand Avenue Depot. It sat behind the Western Auto Building between the Grand Avenue and McGee viaducts.

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Re: Postcards From the Edge of Time

Post by FangKC » Fri May 09, 2014 9:48 pm

I found this old image from Life Magazine of Kansas City.

I think it's E. 14th or 15th Street looking east of Troost towards Tracy Avenue.

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Re: Postcards From the Edge of Time

Post by FangKC » Fri May 09, 2014 9:52 pm

Another image from Life Magazine of the first Gillis Theater in the River Market, on E. 5th Street (at Grand), when it was a burlesque theater. This photo was probably taken in the early 1920s. That structure burned in 1925, and the current Gilliis Theater building was constructed after that.

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Post by Eon Blue » Sat May 10, 2014 8:15 am

FangKC wrote:I found this old image from Life Magazine of Kansas City.

I think it's E. 14th or 15th Street looking east of Troost towards Tracy Avenue.

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Re: Postcards From the Edge of Time

Post by grovester » Sat May 10, 2014 9:00 am

FangKC wrote:I found this old image from Life Magazine of Kansas City.

I think it's E. 14th or 15th Street looking east of Troost towards Tracy Avenue.

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What year do you think it is? The building stock is amazing, but it already looks abandoned.

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Re: Postcards From the Edge of Time

Post by FangKC » Sat May 10, 2014 4:46 pm

The photos were taken by the Life photographer William Vandivert in 1938.

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Re: Postcards From the Edge of Time

Post by Eon Blue » Sat May 10, 2014 4:48 pm

grovester wrote:
FangKC wrote:I found this old image from Life Magazine of Kansas City.

I think it's E. 14th or 15th Street looking east of Troost...
What year do you think it is? The building stock is amazing, but it already looks abandoned.
I'm picturing it with a narrower street and ample trees, maybe bike lanes.... Sigh.

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Re: Postcards From the Edge of Time

Post by chaglang » Sun May 11, 2014 1:22 pm

The block looks a little better in the 1940 tax photos.

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Re: Postcards From the Edge of Time

Post by FangKC » Sat Oct 18, 2014 11:58 am

While looking at the 1940 tax assessment photos, I came across this little jewel of a house, that used to be on the NE corner of W. 11th and Washington.

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Re: Postcards From the Edge of Time

Post by FangKC » Sat Oct 18, 2014 1:23 pm

The 1940 tax assessment photo also provided what used to be near the SE corner of E. 9th and Holmes.

The corner Victorian building was called the Burnet Hotel. It was also once called the Columbia Hotel, which I assume had to do with the Columbia Hotel across the street moving at one time, and the building changed names.

The other image is of the Chase Apartment Hotel, at 911 Holmes, which was an 11-story reinforced concrete building that was constructed in 1923. The hotel structure was a Radisson Hotel from 1923-1927, and became the Chase Hotel in 1928.

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Re: Postcards From the Edge of Time

Post by Demosthenes » Fri Oct 24, 2014 12:55 am

Yea who needs buildings like that. They do a city no good, that's for sure.

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