More than 180 years
ago, a generation after Lewis & Clark first explored the land that our country
purchased from France, Hyde Park was a prairie oasis, a refreshing rest stop for
pioneers headed west on the Santa Fe Trail.
In the decades that would follow, tens of thousands of first generation
Americans, mostly from Europe, would build lives and fortunes in a new
neighborhood. At the dawn of the 20th Century, Kansas City was one of United
States' largest cities. Hyde Park was a hub of culture and the arts, an
incubator of new ideas, technologies and residential architecture, and a center
of affluence and entrepreneurship in industries such as lumber, railroads,
cattle, banking, publishing and grain.
Boom and bust. Economic strength and growth in Hyde Park continued until the
end of the 1920s, when the Great Depression and Dust Bowl drought took a huge
toll on household wealth and the ability of families to maintain homes. Many
single family properties were broken up into apartments, initially to provide
badly needed income.
Through the end of the 1940s, the apartment conversion trend continued amid
renewed job growth in Kansas City's new aviation and defense industries as
well as a severe shortage of both apartments and single-family homes. After
World War II though the 1960s, the intense marketing of suburban space, coupled
with rapid highway development, put urban areas like Hyde Park at a severe
competitive disadvantage. The road to revival. The construction of Crown Center
in 1970 was a turning point in the history of Hyde Park. Baby boomers working
there and other places in Kansas City began to view our neighborhood as highly
undervalued. It was a generation that fell in love with and restored the unique
character of homes with features such as lead glass windows, ornate woodwork and
fine architectural details.
Over the next three decades, Hyde Park would become a unique welcoming
community, a place where neighbors look out for one another and care
passionately about sustaining a high quality of life for all. Today, Hyde Park
is a vibrant urban oasis for both homeowners and renters. Our neighborhood
includes turn-of-the-century mansions, bungalows, shirtwaists, and more than
1,600 market-rate apartments on Armour Boulevard. The neighborhood hosts sought
after schools, such as the Academie Lafayette Cherry Street campus and Notre
Dame de Sion, as well as numerous historic churches and businesses.
An oasis for all seasons. As it has from the 1830s, Hyde Park continues to
attract a diverse, active population who recognize that the quality of life here
is world-class. Our park space and our proximity to major museums, the Plaza and
Kansas City cultural attractions are unmatched.
Hyde Park has always been more than just a place to live. Walking its
tree-lined streets, smelling its flowers in the springtime, seeing its fall
colors in October, one senses a special feeling in the air; an attitude of
warmth and friendship, coupled with a positive spirit, energy and
In Hyde Park, one finds a unique appreciation of nature, history and culture,
and an openness that allows each new generation the opportunity to create a
neighborhood like no other!