Simply minutes away from Kansas City, Missouri’s Nation Membership Plaza, the town’s upscale retail and eating hub, sits an iconic early twentieth century property designed by famend architect Louis Curtiss, now on the market for $5.49 million.

The seven-bedroom, seven-bath dwelling that encompasses 14,986 sq. toes was accomplished in 1913 in Curtiss’ iconic type, which included each fashionable and classical architectural components. Curtiss’ inspiration from the Prairie College type is palpable, with the home’s architectural emphasis on horizontal traces. Lots of the dwelling’s ornamental options additionally mirror Artwork Nouveau antecedents, and specifically, curving plant motifs current in among the dwelling’s ornamental glass.

The property’s unique nomination form within the Nationwide Register of Historic Locations additionally means that Curtiss was doubtless influenced by an rising curiosity in Japanese varieties and kinds that swept the West through the last quarter of the nineteenth century, citing pergola-like buildings connected to the house’s east wing, amongst different options.

The home sits on 2.4 acres of land and features a indifferent four-car storage, in addition to an amply-sized brick patio that opens out to a fountain. A separate carriage home on the property has a full kitchen and laundry, in addition to two bedrooms and one rest room.

On the house’s exterior, a hanging purple clay Spanish tiled roof and a grey limestone façade make it stand out from the luxurious vegetation surrounding it. Intricate prospers of stained glass additionally adorn a lot of the dwelling’s home windows. Inside, the property boasts hardwood flooring and a number of fireplaces. Different notable options embrace a wine cellar and a recreation room within the basement.

“From the second you enter the grounds, you start an expertise of the senses, which is able to depart you awe struck and impressed,” the itemizing description reads. “World famend architect Louis Curtiss was purposeful, imaginative and boundless in creating this feast for the eyes.”

Curtiss is believed to have been born in Ontario, Canada, in keeping with most sources, although some sources additionally state he could have been born in Pennsylvania. He lived in Kansas Metropolis for almost 4 a long time and was generally known as the “Frank Lloyd Wright of Kansas Metropolis.” Though little is thought about his private {and professional} background, the Kansas Metropolis Public Library’s webpage on the architect states that “in keeping with years of conjecture” he studied on the College of Toronto and the Ecole de Beaux-Arts in Paris. The positioning additionally notes that Curtiss “most popular an aura” and requested that every one his private paperwork be burned when he died.

The property at 1200 West 55th Street was initially commissioned to him by contractor and road railway magnate Bernard Corrigan, who died instantly just some months earlier than building on the house was completed. The property was added to the Nationwide Register of Historic Locations in 1978, however lately was eliminated.

Andrew Bash and Shannon Vickers Rixson of Bash & Co. Sotheby’s Worldwide Realty are representing the itemizing.

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