• Happy Holidays from Union Station

    Various shots taken around Union Station a few days ago. It’s a great place to visit during the holidays.IMG_2404-1 copy IMG_2401-1 copy IMG_2396-1 copy IMG_2390-1 copy IMG_2383-1 copy IMG_2369-1 copy IMG_2358-1 copy

  • Stallion Barn – Longview Farm

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

    A view from the southwest.

    A view from the southwest.

    General Info:

    • Built: 1914
    • Modifications: Unknown
    • Disused: Unknown
    • Razed: Unknown, between 1978 and 1985.
    • Size: Unknown, two stalls
    • Location: To the east of the Show Horse Barn, in front of what is now 3189 and 3193 Gardenia Circle
    • Listed on NRHP: No

    The Stallion Barn is #15.

    Function and Features

    There is very little information about this barn. It appears to be a minor barn that was occasionally used. Despite it’s small size, it still remained true to the style of the farm and had a cupola on its roof. Even its date and reason for destruction is in doubt. It was standing in 1978, as it appears in the HABS survey photos, but in the NRHP form from 1985, it’s listed as destroyed and there aren’t any photos of it in the NRHP form. Perhaps it fell to arson? The grandstand to the south and saddle horse barn immediately to the north both fell victim to suspicious fires in the late 1970s and early 1980s.

    An inside look at the east stall.

    An inside look at the east stall.

    Today

    The approximate location of the barn is now part of Gardenia Circle and the front yard of two houses.

    Additional Photos

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    A view from the east. The Show Horse barn can be seen in the background.

     

    Photo Credits

    All photos are from David J. Kaminsky’s HABS survey, 1978.

  • Saddle Horse Manager’s House – Longview Farm

    This is the thirteenth post in a multi-part series about Longview Farm in Lee’s Summit, Missouri (and the second post in the series about a place that is still standing, well, at least mostly standing!).

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    An undated view of the front (southwest) side of the house during its early years (1).

    General Info:

    • Built: 1914
    • Modifications: Porches enclosed at some point
    • Disused: by 1986
    • Size: About 30′ by 35′, two stories
    • Location: Directly east of the Farm Office
    • Listed on NRHP: Yes

    The Saddle Horse Manager’s House is number 19.

    Function and Features

    This house is nearly identical to the Dairy Manager’s House (#23 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 actually have a fairly detailed record of who lived in this house. As far as I can determine, the house was occupied by Roy Buell and his family from 1930 until 1972. Roy started by cleaning out hog barn for cows. He worked with the dairy cows from 1935-44. He built the clay tile silos on barns in 1938 and 1939. The original silos were wood with stucco and one burst from pressure. Oops. The farm sold out dairy cows in 1944 after artificially breeding cows from 1940-1944, no bulls. After dairy cows, they had a Hereford herd until 1954. Finally, Roy served as general manager from 1962-1972. He lived in the same house throughout all of these different positions apparently. When he left farm in 1972 there were 32 people on the farm’s payroll. 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.

    Today

    Since being disused, the house has slowly deteriorated.

    Additional Photos

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    A look at the NE side of the house. (2)

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    A view of the southwest (front) side of the house. (3)

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    A view of the front of the house from the NRHP nomination form. (4)

    Photo Credits

    (1) – (3) are from the HABS survey, 1979.

    (4) is from the NRHP nomination form, 1985.