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3116 Charlotte Street
3116 Charlotte Street The exterior features of this 1901 Kansas City shirtwaist include a full-width front porch, varied wall surfaces, bell-cast eaves and bay windows. Before restoration started there were holes in the floors, the woodwork was piled on the living room floor and the house was partially gutted. The first floor features gorgeous oak woodwork, 10-foot ceilings, a reception room, and a new kitchen. At the back of the house, a second floor study overlooks a two-story sun porch.

3124 Charlotte Street
No Picture This two and half-story Kansas City shirtwaist was subdivided into three apartments when it was purchased in the spring of 1991 by the Hyde Park Neighborhood Association and the Blue Hills Homes Corporation as a joint rehabilitation project. The work on the house was completed in about five months. The siding was removed on the front of the house to expose the original wood shingles.

3315 Charlotte Street
3315 Charlotte Street Cowherd Brothers built in this Kansas City Shirtwaist circa 1903 for William Garry.

3327 Charlotte Street
3327 Charlotte Street The transformation of this shabby multi-unit apartment into a sleek, single-family home required totally gutting the interior as well as rebuilding all walls. The 1903 Kansas City shirtwaist features two front façade second floor bay windows.

3409 Charlotte Street
3409 Charlotte Street Elihu W. Hayes, an active turn-of-the-century Kansas City building contractor, constructed four brick veneer and frame homes for speculation on the east side of the 3400 block of Charlotte n 1903. The home at 3409 Charlotte was ready for occupancy in October of that year. An early owner of the house was Frank Hegendeffer who resided here from about 1910 until the start of the First World War. The Hegendeffer family operated a grocery store at the corner of 41st and Oak, where the original store building still stands today (1998). By the mid 1980s the home was in severe disrepair. A garage was built where a brick carriage house once stood. In addition to major repairs, the pine staircase has been refinished.

3415 Charlotte Street
3415 Charlotte Street Elihu W. Hayes, an active turn-of-the-century Kansas City building contractor, announced the construction of four brick veneer and frame homes on the east side of the 3400 block of Charlotte in the July 8, 1903 issue of Western Contractor. Margaretha Koch purchased this home for $4,250 from Mr. Hayes on December 15, 1903. Mrs. Koch, a widow, moved in with her three children (Oscar, Alma, and William) and also rented out a room to a boarder. In 1910, she remarried and moved to Nebraska selling the house to Thomas and Gertrude McBride.

The McBrides resided here with various family members for about 15 years before moving to another Hyde Park address. However, while at this address, Thomas and Gertrude rented a room during the latter part of 1922 to Walt Disney. At this time, Disney was affiliated with his company Laugh-O-Gram Films, Inc. with offices located at 31st and Forest. It is said that Disney was “kicked out” by the McBrides in the spring of 1923 because of his inability to pay his $3 rent. Disney remained in Kansas City for only a few more months before heading to California in July 1923.

Intact original features include the oak front door with beveled glass, a leaded glass window in the entry hall, and a beautiful oak mantel with an oval, beveled mirror in the living room. The French doors leading from the living room to the dining room were found in the basement and reinstalled.

3529 Charlotte Street
3529 Charlotte Street This Vernacular style with Roman Classical details house was completed in 1905. Although the house has had seeral owners, one of the most prominent was The Reverend Burris Jenkins, innovative pastor of hte Plaza's Community Christian Church. The house was in shambles when it was purchased in 1978. Original features include the leaded glass cupboards and chippendale windows in the dining room, light fixtures and open stairwell off the living room. The new owners designed a mantel for fireplace and reworked it.

3530 Charlotte Street
3530 Charlotte Street

3530 Charlotte Street
Howard Haynes had grown up in Westport, and was the great, great grandson of John Haynes, who came to Westport in 1843 as a government scout and wagon master. So, when Howard returned to Kansas City, he began his search for a house in Valentine and Hyde Park. Leaving his Armour Boulevard apartment for a stroll one night in 1970, he spotted a for sale sign at an old house on Charlotte and later badgered his real estate agent into showing him through. What he found was five cloistered apartments, a sealed living room, heavy blankets covering the dining room windows, and every wall painted pink. Without question, it was the worst of the 36 houses he had seen, yet by the time he reached the second floor, he had decided to buy it. Despite its neglected condition, hints of the original quality were apparent. In two bathrooms on the second floor, decorative tiles matched their respective stained glass windows, one blue and one pink. Connections for a central vacuum system were provided in every room and hall, and fire tile lined the floors, to the chagrin of telephone company installers. Every hinge, doorplate, and wall mounting was solid brass, and even the third floor servant’s quarters were finished with oak and brass.

Built n 1912 this stately neo-Georgian Colonial Revival brick house is a gem in Hyde Park. The architectural firm of Shepard, Farrar and Wiser designed the house and it displays a flowing floor plan with comfortably proportioned rooms. The first owners, the Seligsohns, lived here until 1943. In the following years, it was converted to seven apartments. Fortunately, all the original hardware, fixtures, glass and woodwork were left intact and so with care and guidance from one of the Seligsohn daughters, the home was put back to its original architectural glory. Exotic woods are used throughout, Rookwood tiles adorn the fireplaces, and splendid leaded glass (designed by a protégé of L.C. Tiffany) embellishes the windows. Original combination wall scones in the dining room light with gas on one side and electricity on the other and a magnificent alabaster and silver chandelier hangs from a cross-beamed ceiling.

3541 Charlotte Street
3541 Charlotte Street This 15-room classic Georgian Colonial Revival house was built n 1909 for the Louis L. Long family by Carl H. Wilson. The house was built from plans of the architectural firm, Shepard & Farrar. The Long family lived in the house until 1972, when it was bought for use as an institutional home. The beautiful Corinthian columns surrounding the front and side porches were so badly damaged that only four of the 16 could be salvaged. When restoration bean in 1978, there was no kitchen as the house had been used exclusively for dormitory space. The badly damaged stairway had to be disassembled and completely rebuilt. The 20’ x 22’ dining room is magnificently proportioned and has intricate mahogany ceiling beams and paneling. Two leaded and stained glass doors separate the living room from the dining room. Throughout the house are beautiful walnut, mahogany and oak woodwork, cove ceilings, ornamental plasterwork and brass and white porcelain doorknobs. The brick wall at the front of the house was torn down, each brick cleaned and the wall rebuilt. Reworking the interior of the house to make it both comfortable and livable has resulted in sacrificing a bit of the original design, but many of the features of the old house fit nicely into today’s lifestyle.

3601 Charlotte Street
3601 Charlotte Street The interior of this 2 1/2-story brick house, by architects Shepard, Farrow & Wiser, leaves no doubt as to the occupation of the man who built it. Benjamin Berkshire was Secretary-Treasurer of the Berkshire Lumber Co., and his 1911 house contains a dazzling array of woodwork. The entry hall running the width of the house is paneled with floor-to-ceiling oak. In the living room, the 9’ long fireplace mantel and all the door and ceiling moldings are mahogany. An oak arch frames the solid oak stairway to the second floor. The home remains as grand today as it was in the early 1900s, with original woodwork, room configurations, and fixtures. Berkshire built the house and a rose garden across four city lots. (A modern day duplex has been built were part of the garden was.)The main entrance and colonnaded front porch face south, away from the two streets that bound the property. The house contains seventeen types of woodwork. The house was sold to Lois Brent and her mother in 1951. Miss Brent divided the house into apartments, but did this by simply locking various doors within the house and installing kitchens on the second story sun porch and on the third floor. Ms. Brent lived in Hyde Park for over 50 years with more than 30 at this address. She was fond of pointing out the original chandeliers light fixtures, and stained glass windows throughout the house. For example, there is Steuben glass shades in the library, an attractive stained glass panel in the sliding door off the dining room, and a large multicolor window on the second floor landing, which changes hues with the outside light. The house was converted back to single family in 1999.

3620 Charlotte Street
3620 Charlotte Street Constructed entirely of wood frame with a brick veneer on the first floor, this house was designed by architect Carl L. Bliss and built in 1905 for Ulysses S. Grant Peabody. Since that time, it has had several owners and once housed three apartments. The removal of asbestos siding from the exterior walls uncovered the original siding of cedar shingles.

3628 Charlotte Street

No Picture Clarence Ennis, an active building contractor in the early 1900s, built this shirtwaist-style home in 1906 but resided here only three years before moving to 4512 Forest. Over the next thirty-five years the history of the house consists of a parade of various owners. One long-term owner was Amelia Zeilinger, a window, who lived in the home from the late 1940s through the late 1960s. In the 1970s the house underwent an extensive remodeling which included the removal of the livingroom ceiling to create an unobstructed view to the third floor. The back wall of the dining room was removed so that the space flowed into the kitchen. Remaining original features include an oak front door that is set off by leaded glass sidelights, an entry hall fireplace with tiger oak mantel, stained-glass window on the stair landing and box beams ceiling in the dining room.

3659 Charlotte Street
3659 Charlotte Street Built in 1907 for Gustave and Madge Bryant Bachman, this striking home features a stone exterior on the first floor and English half-timer second and third story. Gustave was vice-president of the old Peck’s Dry Goods Store located in downtown Kansas City, and Madge was the daughter of Dr. John Bryant for whom the Bryant Buildings, located at 11th and Grand, is named. She was the granddaughter of Thomas Smart, whose 40-acre farm is now downtown Kansas City, Missouri. A son of the original owners, Dr. G. Bryant Bachman, remembers a cave running from the park area across Gleed Terrace to under the house, a wisteria vine on the trellis on the west porch, and a climbing rose along the arches of the stone porch on the south.

Many of the original features remain in the house. A 30-foot entry hall provides access to all first floor rooms—library, commodious living room with large central fireplace, and dining room. The pattern in the living room light fixture and the fireplace screen and tools match. It is hard to believe that the original 1907 fireplace equipment is still in place. The dining room’s beamed ceiling and bottle glass window and the kitchen’s green Belgian glass tile are as it was originally. The first floor library/study with its cathedral ceiling, stained glass windows, and fireplace is a wonderful place to work. The shield pattern appearing in the library’s stained glass windows re-appears 15 times throughout the house. Four varieties of lumber were used in the magnificent exposed woodwork of this home. Hand-tooled light fixtures and hand-carved radiators complement the grandeur of this truly exceptional residence. The attached two-car garage appears to have been an original part of the house since Dr. Bachman recalls its existence even though his family left Kansas City in 1914. The second floor features four bedrooms and a sun porch. An original bathroom, enlarged by a previous owner in the mid-1980s, is referred to as “the bubble” for obvious reasons; the round addition with its floor-to-ceiling windows seems to float above the first floor with no visible means of support.

3849 Charlotte Street
3849 Charlotte Street In 1908, the honorable William J. Morris constructed this wonderful prairie-style house for the sum of $5,000. Later that year, he added the library wing off the living room. When clients would call for his services, he brought them into the library to discuss their cases. Morse also added the garage in back. The inside of the house has numerous Prairie and Craftsman influences, including a built-in buffet in the dining room, complete with the original hardware and stained glass. During the 1950s, instead of repairing the deteriorating stucco, the owners at the time chose to remedy the problem with siding. Leaded beveled glass front door and sidelights accent the front entrance.

3908 Charlotte Street
3908 Charlotte Street This stately two and half-story house was built by a general contractor for his family in 1910. The cost was $3,000. Included on the property was a barn, built for $250, which later burned, and a fishpond that also fell prey to ruin. In later years, the house was divided into 5 apartments and then made into 3. The most predominent exterior feature is the wrap-around front porch, which is highlighted by the semi-circle entrance steps. Upon entering the house, the first eye-catching feature is the woodwork, especially the solid oak columns. Fortunately, when the house was divided, the previous owners sheet-rocked over the entry, preserving the wood in good condition.

3944 Charlotte Street
3944 Charlotte Street J.M. Stonesbery built this house for occupancy in 1917. Since its first owner, J.S. Heartman, this Kansas City “Shirtwaist” has housed 20 different owners and been divided into three different apartments. Besides deconverting from apartments to single family, a closet that filled the oak entryway covering its leaded glass window had to be removed.

4012 Charlotte Street
4012 Charlotte Street This charming house was built before Charlotte Street was lined with homes, even before the street was connected to city water. A former cistern below the kitchen floor and a hay loft in the carriage house recall a time when south Hyde Park was part of the countryside; when you dug your own well and rode a horse for transportation. Built in an eclectic variation of the Dutch Colonial Revival style, the small house contains 15 rooms, making it one of the neighborhoods’ most interesting homes. No room in the house is square, fireplaces are angled and every turn of the corner provides a new surprise.

The house was built n 1903 or 1904 for Henry Wroth, a bookbinder. It has changed hands often over the years and was home to a number of working class owners. It served as rental property for large periods of time and was divided into a duplex in the late 1970s. Renovation began in 1984. During restoration the original fireplace in the living room was uncovered and the mantle was discovered tucked away in the basement. It was reinstalled and flanked by four English tiles from a dismantled historic downtown hotel.

4226 Charlotte Street
4226 Charlotte Street This semi-bungalow was built by Clarence Sheppard, a real estate agent in 1907, for a cost of $2,500. The home’s architecture is craftsman, with some Victorian touches. The house features a massive stone fireplace in the living room, unusual angular-shaped rooms and a spacious interior for what appears on the outside to be a small house.
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