• Sunny Slope Farmhouse – Longview Farm

    This is the tenth post in a multi-part series about Longview Farm in Lee’s Summit, Missouri.

     

    The south side of the Sunny Slope Farmhouse.

    The south side of the Sunny Slope Farmhouse.

    General Info:

    • Built: 1914
    • Modifications: Unknown
    • Disused: Unknown
    • Razed: Early 1980s
    • Size: About 35′ x 50′, two stories
    • Location: On the shores of Longview Lake
    • Listed on NRHP: No
    Location map. Sunny Slope is 44.

    Location map. Sunny Slope is 44.

    Function and Features

    There is very little information about the Sunny Slope Farmhouse available. It was apparently built at the same time as the other buildings on the farm, but its purpose is not known. I assume it was given its name from being on a slope.

    Most of the documentation I do have of this building has it labeled as a duplex, so it was  meant to house more than one family at a time. The photos verify that it was a duplex, as it had two chimneys — it would be very uncommon for a single family home to have more than one chimney.

    The time of its abandonment is unknown. From the photos, I would assume that it was abandoned sometime in the 1960s, but the photos also appear to show it being readied for demolition, which would explain the poor condition.

    A view from the southwest in the 1920s.

    A view from the southwest in the 1920s.

    Today

    The farmhouse would have been right on the shores of Longview Lake according to the site map and could have been saved, but it appears that it would have only been a foot or two above the shore. This was probably too close for comfort in case the lake ever flooded, and it has flooded in the last couple of years, so I assume the Corps didn’t want to maintain a structure that would have probably ended up being flooded out anyways.

    Additional Photos

    A second floor room.

    A second floor room.

    A view from the northwest. The chimney condition makes me think it had been abandoned for a while.

    A view from the northwest. The chimney condition makes me think it had been abandoned for a while.

    The interior being prepared for demolition.

    The interior being prepared for demolition.

    Photo Credits

    All photos are from David J. Kaminsky’s HABS survey, 1978, except for an older historical photo.

  • Workers’ Cottages – Longview Farm

    This is the ninth post in a multi-part series about Longview Farm in Lee’s Summit, Missouri.

    A view of the cottages in 1916 from the north.

    A view of the cottages in 1916 from the north.

    General Info:

    • Built: 1914
    • Modifications: Minor
    • Disused: Early 1960s
    • Razed: Early 1980s
    • Size: 24′ x 32′
    • Location: In the middle of Longview Lake
    • Listed on NRHP: No

    Location map. The workers' cottages are the buildings next to 41.

    Location map. The workers’ cottages are the buildings next to 41.

    Function and Features

    These were simple cottages meant for farm workers, and perhaps their spouses. The original plan was to use them to house married workers. The cottages were built to be identical. The cottages only had one bedroom, so there was no room for children. The other three rooms in the cottage were the kitchen, living room, and dining room.

    What made these seemingly ordinary accommodations unique from others of the era? Each of these cottages had a 13′ by 7′ porch that was unique to the particular cottage to give it a sense of originality, and they were equipped with hot water — a very modern convenience in the 1910s.

    In the 1940s, Cottage 2 burnt and was rebuilt. In the photo of it below, the differences in the newer structure are hardly noticeable unless you really look for them. The gable window above the porch in this house is square instead of arched. The roof beams are also not exposed in the rebuilt structure.

    Sometime around the 1960s, as the farm downsized, the cottages were abandoned. With the coming of Longview Lake in the early 1980s, the cottages were demolished.

    Below is an architectural drawing of the site, as well as the typical floor plan. Also below are pictures of the north (front) side of each cottage. I would not normally include so many pictures in a post, but having these pictures show how each cottage has its own subtle styling to differentiate it from the others.

    A detailed drawing of the cottage site and floor plan. Cottage 1 is on the left, Cottage 6 is on the right.

    A detailed drawing of the cottage site and floor plan. Cottage 1 is on the left, Cottage 6 is on the right.

     

    Cottage 1

    Cottage 1. Hip roof on porch supported by box columns.

     

    Cottage 2

    Cottage 2. Gable roof on porch supported by box columns.

     

    Cottage 3

    Cottage 3. Shed roof on porch supported by stuccoed walls.

     

    Cottage 4

    Cottage 4. Hip roof of porch supported with box columns. Railing and balusters on porch.

     

    Cottage 5

    Cottage 5. Shed roof on porch supported by brackets. Also has rails and balusters.

     

    Cottage 6

    Cottage 6. Shed roof on porch supported by stuccoed walls with exposed rafters and an arch.

    Today

    They were located very close to Mouse Creek, which forms the east fork of Longview Lake. This location meant that they wound up under quite a bit of water.

    Additional Photos

    The southwest room of a cottage, the kitchen.

    The southwest room of a cottage, the kitchen.

    Southwest facade of a cottage.

    Southwest facade of a cottage.

    South facades of a couple cottages.

    South facades of a couple cottages.

    Northwest room of a cottage.

    Northwest room of a cottage.

    There were some outbuildings near the cottages.

    There were some outbuildings near the cottages.

    East side of Cottage 1.

    East side of Cottage 1.

    Photo Credits
    All of these photos were taken by David J. Kaminsky in August 1978 as part of HABS. The architectural drawing was prepared a year later for HABS.

  • Flag in the Park

    This was the only architecture photo I knew of that had the flag front and (almost) center.

  • Pergola, Center

    Taken on a dull and dreary November day.