This is the fifteenth post in a 872-part series about Longview Farm in Lee’s Summit, Missouri.
- Built: 1924
- Modifications: Porch enclosed at some point
- Disused: Unknown
- Size: 24′ x 57′ , one-and-a-half stories
- Location: Near the Greenhouses
- Listed on NRHP: No
The Saddle Horse Manager’s House is number 19.
Function and Features
This house is about 10 years younger than most buildings on the farm, as it was built in 1924. It blends in seemlessly with the rest of the residences on the farm, although the depth of the house appears to be greater than many of the other buildings — this house is twice as deep as it is wide! It is clear why this house was built 10 years after the rest of farm– the greenhouse manager’s role became more important as the greenhouses became the only enterprise on the farm that was making a net profit.
The greenhouses eventually lost favor when it became easier to ship flowers by air and they were closed by 1968. I would assume that meant the manager’s house became vacant at that time. It didn’t remain vacant too long, as it was renovated for a park ranger’s residence in 1978. It is not clear how long the house was occupied by rangers because the HABS survey was taken at the same time as the renovations, and the NRHP form does not include any properties that were taken over by the Corps of Engineers.
The HABS survey also has detailed drawings of this building for some reason (which was normally reserved for some of the more significant buildings that were being torn down). Note for the drawings above: the original files are massive (the enlarged version of what’s above is only about one fourth of the original size!), so if you want to see those either comment here and I can email them to you, or just hunt them down yourself. The house does appear to be empty presently, but it is hard to tell as the grounds and general maintenance of the house are well-kept for the most part.
Anything without my watermark is from the HABS survey, 1978.