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 enthusiasm.

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!

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