This is the twelfth post in a multi-part series about Longview Farm in Lee’s Summit, Missouri (and the first post in the series about a place that is still standing!).
- Built: 1914
- Modifications: Porches enclosed at some point
- Disused: by 1986
- Size: About 30′ by 35′, two stories
- Location: Directly east of the South Dairy Barn/Milkhouse
- Listed on NRHP: Yes
Function and Features
This house is nearly identical to the Saddle Horse Manager’s House (#19 in map above), just on the other side of the farm office (#8). Both houses have a wide bank of windows on the front side of the second floor. This leads to what the NRHP form calls a jerkinhead roof. At some point, the front and back porches were enclosed; since being abandoned, the porches are once again open.
I don’t have a detailed record of who lived here except for an early photograph marked F.W. Barber, so I assume that he was the original dairy manager. I also don’t know when it became disused, but it was apparently occupied in 1979 when the HABR survey came through, but with the farm sold in 1986, the tenants likely had to then move elsewhere.
Since being disused, the house has slowly deteriorated. As you can see in the photographs, it has significant roof damage. Like many of the other disused buildings on the farm, most windows are intact due to being covered with plywood. Also like most buildings on the farm, the house has been abandoned long enough that they’ve had to replace the plywood covering the windows, which was completed in 2012 or 2013.
The house was originally located on a gravel path, as you can see in the location map. Part of this path is gone, while the other part has been replaced by a divided, four-lane road that runs between the house and the South Dairy Barn.
(1) I believe this came from the recently published book, Longview Farm: Biography of a Dream Come True by Teresa Thornton Mitchell.
(2) and (4) – Myself.
(3) and (5) – HABS Survey, 1979.