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Originally built in 1954, this mid-century home was revolutionary at the time for its T-shaped split-level plan, which allowed for a more spacious, two-story bedroom wing. The home was originally designed by the architecture firm Linscott, Kiene & Haylett, whose work can still be seen in many Kansas City area civic, business, religious and educational structures. The Mid-Western was chosen by the Kansas City Star as the most popular house in the 1954 Parade of Homes, and both the architecture firm and the builder, Jed K. Giles, were honored in 1956 by House and Home magazine for the Mid-Western’s contribution to housing progress.

The current owner wanted to both honor the history of the house and to open up the main spaces with a larger, more gracious feel—and more in line with 21st-century living.

The biggest design challenge for this historic renovation was how to design one open space that could provide functionality for different aspects of daily life. By using the existing brick double-sided fireplace as a centering element, defined overhead planes, cabinetry and a kitchen island to articulate defined “rooms,” the designer provided a sense of separation without sacrificing an open flow or abundant natural light from the floor-to-ceiling windows.


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Bob Greenspan

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