Help Save Old Westport

$22,595 of $25,000 goal

Raised by 102 people in 18 months
MORE GREAT NEWS!  Two neighborhood associations in support of the historical survey donated $700 this week, throwing us over the 20k level!!!  With the help of a 5k grant from The National Trust (who believe in the historic value of Old Westport,) an anonymous business owner donation and all our local individual contributions we have now collected over $20,000 towards the $25,000 cost of doing a historic survey to preserve Westport. 

Please help us with a major push to reach our remaining balance so we can begin the historic survey quickly.  Tell your friends, tell them to their more friends!  To get involved with your time and effort, please contact us at today at helppreserveoldwestport@gmail.com.

Thank you to all who have already contributed and to those of you who have reached out to us, offering your time and effort, your support is greatly appreciated!


Dear Friends of Old Westport,

There is growing concern about the pace and scale of redevelopment projects that the group says could change the face of historic Westport.

Westport is perhaps the most important historic district of Kansas City, yet most of its historic buildings have no protection from demolition. If we don’t act quickly, the Westport that we know today and that many people have loved for decades could be gone very quickly

We hope you will join us in an effort to slow down current and future development proposals until we complete a historic survey of Westport.

Several large projects are on the table.

On March 6, the Kansas City Business Journal reported the Kansas City Opus Group has submitted plans for a "mixed-used project including 256 apartments, 8,500 square feet of commercial space and a 275-space tenant parking garage.” The proposed development would replace the Bank of America Building at the southwest corner of Westport Road and Broadway.
Revised proposed plan, uploaded 4-21-2017

A rendering with the proposed redevelopment of Westport Road and Broadway, includes a six-story apartment and commercial building. Note the change in scale between the new building and the traditional two-story Westport building on the bottom left hand side of this picture and in the image below. This 1915 view looking south on Broadway toward the intersection of Westport Road and Broadway.  Courtesy Kansas City Public LIbrary Missouri Valley Special Collections. 

The building  (visible in the image above) dates back to 1876.  The Westport Avenue Bank, then the oldest suburban bank in Kansas City, purchased the property and remodeled it in 1920.  
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Meanwhile, the building at the southwest corner of Westport and Broadway was recently replaced with a new restaurant and bar operated by the national HopCat chain. Another developer is currently revising plans which originally called for a pair of 14-story mixed use towner above Manor Square. A Wichita developer last year presented plans for replacing the former XO nightclub at 40th and Central with a four-story Town Place Suites by Marriott extended stay hotel.

Historic Survey:  A Tool for Evaluating and Responding to Development Proposals

We are asking for assistance from the community to immediately conduct a professional survey of Westport’s current properties. This survey will assess the historic and cultural importance of Old Westport and help us to make important decisions about what should be preserved in the future. The survey will provide a starting point for a community discussion about how to move forward in preserving Old Westport.

But we need to move quickly, before more projects hit the drawing board. We ask you to contribute what you can to help use raise the $25,000 we need to move forward with the survey. 

About Help Save Old Westport
The goal of Help Save Old Westport is to preserve, protect and promote the architectural character and historical significance of Old Westport’s buildings and landscape.  Some members of The Help Save Old Westport working group include Mary Jo Draper, Alana Smith, Bob Babcock, Thomas Platt, Louise Myers and more.  Several members of Historic Kansas City are also meeting with the group, as well as managing the GoFundMe contributions.

Thank you. If you prefer to make a private contribution, please contact:

Jim Wanser, Treasurer
Historic Kansas City Organization
234 W 10th Street, Kansas City, Missouri 64105
phone: 816-931-8448
fax: 816-931-8558
email: hkcf@historickansascity.org.
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Historic Kansas City Adds Westport To Annual List Of 'Most Endangered' Places

HKC announces our 2017 – 2018 Most Endangered list of buildings and other places around Kansas City at risk of being demolished or of crumbling into obscurity. We do this to draw attention to their plight, and in hopes of attracting new owners, developers, or community groups who will commit to restore, repurpose and maintain their unique appeal. Since its inception 14 resources have been saved.

This year's list reflects both the diversity of Kansas City’s historic places and the variety of threats they face. From the historic resources in Westport, the Old Northeast area, the Country Club Plaza, to African American sites and Modern Architecture, to categories of resources including historic churches, apartment buildings, closed schools, and commercial neighborhood structures, and individual sites such as Epperson House or Sauer Castle. These historic places are irreplaceable community assets that tell the story of the city and its development. The list is a non-exhaustive roster in no particular order and is a call for action by all stakeholders.

Read the feature article on Westport:
http://www.kcur.org/post/historic-kansas-city-adds-westport-annual-list-most-endangered-places

For more on the Most Endangered List story – follow HKC on Facebook daily.

Read the press release at: https://www.historickansascity.org/press-releases/
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TONIGHT- WESTPORT HISTORIC SURVEY PRESENTATION

Join us tonight. The public is invited to attend a presentation by Historic Kansas City and Rosin Preservation, who prepared the survey, to learn more about the survey process and eligible historic resources that were identified.

DATE: Tuesday, February 6, 2018
TIME: Registration – 6:00 pm Program - 6:30 pm
LOCATION: Westport Presbyterian Church, 201 Westport Rd.

For more information see: www.historickansascity.org
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SURVEY RESULTS TO BE RELEASED!

Due to the generous contributions from “Help Save Old Westport” GoFundMe contributors, the Kemper Fund for Kansas and Missouri of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, and the City of Kansas City, Missouri, the Westport Historic Resources Survey is now a reality!

SAVE THE DATE!

The public is invited to attend a presentation by Historic Kansas City and Rosin Preservation, who prepared the survey, to learn more about the survey process and eligible historic resources that were identified.

DATE: Tuesday, February 6, 2018
TIME: Registration – 6:00 pm Program - 6:30 pm
LOCATION: Westport Presbyterian Church, 201 Westport Rd.

The survey showcases the diversity of cultural resources in Westport, including places of social importance, architecturally significant buildings, and historic districts. This inventory will be accessible online after February 6th at www.historickansascity.org by anyone interested in Westport’s’ cultural resources. As Westport continues to be a district of rapid change, the survey gives developers, property owners, residents, policymakers, and the public information about significant historic resources in their community.

The survey will be an important tool for protecting and preserving Westport’s distinctive character as the area continues to grow and change.

For more information see: www.historickansascity.org
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MORE GREAT NEWS!  Two neighborhood associations in support of the professional survey to determine the inventory and value of Old Westport, donated $700 this week throwing us over the 20k level!!!  We are so thankful for all our individual donors and supporters, along with the help of a 5k grant from The National Trust (who obviously believe in the historic value of Old Westport,) and an anonymous business owner's huge donation. AS of today, we are only $4,645 away from  the $25,000 cost of doing a historic survey to help preserve Westport's history. 

Please help us with a major push to reach our remaining balance so we can begin the historic survey quickly.  Tell your friends, share the site on FB, ask them to their more friends!  Every little bit helps!

To get involved with your time and effort, please contact us at today at helppreserveoldwestport@gmail.com.

Thank you to all who have already contributed and to those of you who have reached out to us, offering your time and effort. Your support is greatly appreciated!

Marty and the Help Save Old Westport working team.
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Marty Wiedenmann Jarvis
17 months ago

Unfortunately it is not the city's job to do the surveys. Groups like ours who want to have one done, as a first step toward any type of application for a historic designation or other forms of historical preservation, must solicit funding from private sources including our own pockets. We appreciate all support for this project from sharing the information to help spread the word, or if possible, making contributions to the fund. Thank you

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Kimberly A. Burgess
17 months ago

Isn't it the city's job to do historic surveys?

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Jennifer Tuttle
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I'm so pleased with your work. Greed and development (in most situations) are disgusting! PRESERVE! PRESERVE! PRESERVE!

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Thanks for taking on this historic project!

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Marty Wiedenmann Jarvis
17 months ago

Unfortunately it is not the city's job to do the surveys. Groups like ours who want to have one done, as a first step toward any type of application for a historic designation or other forms of historical preservation, must solicit funding from private sources including our own pockets. We appreciate all support for this project from sharing the information to help spread the word, or if possible, making contributions to the fund. Thank you

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Kimberly A. Burgess
17 months ago

Isn't it the city's job to do historic surveys?

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