4233 Kenwood

Built in 1915 by Garret (G.S.) Kieffer, this home features Craftsman details in a Prairie American Foursquare. While the first and second floor exteriors are of different materials, their meeting is not flared like that of the Kansas City "Shirtwaist." The front porch was considered a necessity for the American Foursquare. This full-width front porch is supported by substantial square stone pillars. The house fits a modern lifestyle with its easy flow from room to room. Luther Townley was the original owner - his father built the house for him and another house nearby for his sister Polly, who at some point moved in with her brother to care for her sister-in-law Kathleen. Polly inherited the house and lived there until she died at age 96 in the 1990's. A third owner built the garage, refinished the woodwork and did an initial kitchen renovation. The home has been meticulously maintained over the years and current owner Todd D. Kneale, only the fourth owner, intends to continue that tradition. He has added a half-bath on the first floor, granite kitchen countertops, and a walk-in closet in the master bedroom.

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