The three-story building at 3507-3513 Gillham is a unique variation of the colonnaded apartment building that is so common in Midtown Kansas City. The property is contributing to the Hyde Park Historic District and looks west onto Hyde Park. This was the first park in Kansas City designed by George Kessler, a prominent landscape architect, who later designed Kansas City’s parks and boulevards system. Built in 1916, the brick building has white terra cotta trim with neo-classical motifs, including unique Corinthian columns, and a metal cornice with corbels. The colonnaded porches span the façade on each story of the front elevation define the eponymous building style.
Terra Management embarked on a $3 million rehabilitation project using a light touch and hired Rosin Preservation to prepare the state and federal historic tax credits applications. The twelve-unit apartment building retained most of its historic interior finishes, including tile in the vestibule, hardwood floors, wood trim, and fireplaces within the units, although there was extensive water damage in some units. The project restored wood floors and plaster ceilings, retained the wood trim, and made sensitive adjustments to unit configurations to create modern, rentable living spaces. The refreshed finishes and updated fixtures have restored the entire building to its original vibrancy in this historic midtown neighborhood.
This project was recognized by Historic Kansas City in 2020 for its best preservation practices.
3507-3513 Gillham Kansas City, MO