Kansas City Masterpiece

Bruce Matthews photo for “Kansas City Houses 1885-1938” by Michael Kathrens.

In honor of today’s Super Bowl, I am posting a great historic house from each of the team’s city. This is the amazing Kansas City, MO masterpiece W.A. Pickering Mansion. This gorgeous Craftsman style house was built in 1910 by W.A. Pickering, President of the W.R. Pickering Lumber Company, it boasted three full stories, extensive gardens and a large, two-story Carriage House. The house was chopped up into 17 apartments in the mid-1950’s and various unsightly appendages were added to gain space and entry points.

You can see historic and interior photos and read more about the history of the house and its restoration on the Piper-Wind Architects website: https://piper-wind.com/w-a-pickering-mansion

The has features related to both the Craftsman and Prairie styles but has predominantly Craftsman features. The style is often thought in relation to modest bungalows and cottages, but it also appears in substantial mansions like this one.

Other examples of Craftsman and Prairie styles are described and illustrated in Chapter 2 of “Restoring Your Historic House, The Comprehensive Guide for Homeowners.”

The 720 page award-winning and best-selling hardcover book is available in bookstores nationwide and from online retailers.

Signed and personalized copies are available directly from the author in the shop on this page, https://yourhistorichouse.com/shop/.

Bookstores can order copies from W.W. Norton.

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