Colonnade Apartments Eligable for National Register of Historic Places PDF  | Print |

In 2004 the City of Kansas City, Missouri, received a notice of approval of the Multiple Property Cover Document for “Historic Colonnade Apartment Buildings of Kansas City,“ by the National Park Service&rsqu;s National Register of Historic Places program. The City’s Housing and Community Development Department helped fund the preparation of the document, which was prepared by Historic Preservation Services, L.L.C. to assist owners of colonnade apartment buildings in listing their properties in the National Register and thus, qualifying the properties for federal and state rehabilitation tax credits.

Kansas City’s colonnade apartment houses played a key role as the City’s dominant architectural building type that defined the majority of middle-class apartment dwellings during the first three decades of the twentieth century. Their size, setting, design, plan and materials, reflect important aspects of the City’s cultural history and development.

The Kansas City Colonnade Apartment Buildings is typically a brick, multi-story, masonry apartment building with one or more prominent multi-story colonnaded porches. They contained at least two selfs-sufficient apartment units per floor opening onto a central hall plan. The use of round, polygonal, and/or square columns reflects, in varying degrees, classical design references. They fall into three broad subtypes:

Classical Colonial Column Porch distinctive for neoclassical styling featuring smooth or fluted Colossal columns of the Classical Order that rise the full height of the dark brick facade;

Combined Column Porch featuring columns that extend more than one story in height and support a smaller column of different material and design or the reverse&emdash;columns that extend upward for several stories; and

Square Brick Column Porch, a simpler version comprised of square brick columns.

Today there are over five hundred surviving colonnade apartment buildings built in Kansas City, Missouri, between c. 1900 and 1930, and are located between the Missouri River on the north, 63rd Street on the south, Van Brunt Boulevard on the east, and State Line Road on the west.

The approved form will streamline the nomination process by serving as the research base for property owners to nominate their colonnaded apartment buildings to the National Register of Historic Places.

Property owners will have to provide only information specific to their building’s history and condition on a separate nomination form and to reference the cover document in making the required argument for the property’s significance. The citation should include the following information:

Schwenk, Sally. " Historic Colonnade Apartments of Kansas City, Missouri." National Register of Historic Places Multiple Property Documentation Form. City of Kansas City, Missouri City Planning and Development Department Historic Preservation Division. Kansas City, Missouri. 30 June 2003

For more information on listing colonnade apartment buildings in Kansas City, Missouri, contact Brad Wolf with the City’s Landmarks Commission at (816) 513-2902.