This is the tenth post in a multi-part series about Longview Farm in Lee’s Summit, Missouri.
- 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
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.
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.
All photos are from David J. Kaminsky’s HABS survey, 1978, except for an older historical photo.