Thomas Hart Benton Home and Studio State Historic Site

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Thomas Hart Benton Home and Studio State Historic Site
Missouri State Historic Site
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Country United States
State Missouri
County Jackson
City Kansas City
Elevation 955 ft (291 m) [1]
Coordinates 39°03′44″N 94°35′52″W / 39.06222°N 94.59778°W / 39.06222; -94.59778Coordinates: 39°03′44″N 94°35′52″W / 39.06222°N 94.59778°W / 39.06222; -94.59778 [1]
Area 0.32 acres (0 ha) [2]
State acquisition 1977 [3]
Management Missouri Department of Natural Resources
Location in Missouri
Website: Thomas Hart Benton Home and Studio State Historic Site
Thomas Hart Benton Home and Studio
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Built Ca. 1903
Architect George A. Matthews
Architectural style Late Victorian
NRHP Reference # 80002362
Added to NRHP November 21, 1980

The Thomas Hart Benton Home and Studio State Historic Site is a state-owned property located at 3616 Belleview, Kansas City, Missouri, that preserves the house and studio of Missouri artist Thomas Hart Benton. The historic site was established in 1977 and is managed by the Missouri Department of Natural Resources. Tours are provided that show the furnished house and studio as Benton left it when he died on January 19, 1975.[4] The site was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1980.[5]

History[edit]

The property was built in Kansas City's Roanoke Park neighborhood around 1903. Although not overly large, the house has a fortress-like appearance owing to its elevation above street level and the random ashlar masonry of its limestone front.[6]

The house was built for Walter E. Kirkpatrick. The architect was George Mathews, a proponent of the City Beautiful movement. Kirkpatrick was the secretary and treasurer for the Kansas City Electric Light Company, and on the board of directors of the KC Street Railway Company. The home is approximately 7800 square feet on 312 floors, containing 24 rooms, 4 fireplaces on 3 chimneys, and a full finished basement. The Benton family purchased the 13-acre property in 1939 for $6000.[citation needed]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Thomas Hart Benton Home". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. 
  2. ^ "Missouri State Park Advisory Board Annual Report 2008". Missouri Department of Natural Resources. Retrieved November 10, 2015. 
  3. ^ "State Park Land Acquisition Summary". Missouri State Parks. Retrieved November 10, 2015. 
  4. ^ "Thomas Hart Benton Home and Studio State Historic Site". Missouri State Parks. Missouri Department of Natural Resources. Retrieved October 10, 2014. 
  5. ^ "Thomas Hart Benton Home and Studio". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. November 21, 1980. Retrieved November 10, 2015. 
  6. ^ "Thomas Hart Benton Home and Studio" (PDF). National Register of Historic Places Nomination Form. Missouri Department of Natural Resources. March 1, 1980. Retrieved November 10, 2015. 

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