3800 Campbell

This house was built in 1907 as a show home for the new Neosho Subdivision. The design, by Thomas Wight, of the architecture firm of Wilder & Wight, is classic Prairie Eclectic architecture (1900 - 1920). Characteristic elements are long, low straight lines, flat roofs, lack of exterior ornamentation, and the greater use of glass, in this case 66 windows and 11 glass doors. Four rooms have been added to the original eight by enclosing open-air porches. In the 1950's the house was converted to five apartments and by the 1970's it was the state headquarters for a national religious sect, with a dormitory on the second floor and a candle factory in the basement. The main stairway had been walled in and floored over. Today the single family home has been restored, updated and repaired to last another 100 years. The interior contains an open design with fewer but larger rooms. Features include a stone wrap-around porch, an original Rookwood tile fireplace, and new dining room stained glass windows. The house was placed on the Kansas City Register of Historic Places, the third building to be so designated, in 1978. Wilder & Wight, which became Wight & Wight in 1916, designed several landmark buildings including the First National Bank (now the Central Library), Kansas City Life Insurance headquarters, the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, the Livestock Exchange, and a number of others. Owners since 2005, Michael & Maureen Sutherlin and daughter Mary, have completed major renovations, including stone walls and stairs disassembled and reassembled with new tuck pointing, custom carriage style doors and a new steel framework for the garage, new paint and refinished floors, and new antique light fixtures to replace the originals, which had been removed.

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