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