My clients are in the process of purchasing a home in Midtown Kansas City, and I thought it would be fun to share this set of “then and now” photos with you. The home is a great old Shirtwaist house that was built all the way back in 1910. Compare the photo from 2014 on the left with the county tax assessment photo from 1940 on the right. This home has barely changed! The only differences that I can find are the addition of shutters on the two upper floors, and it appears the upper panes of the third floor windows were replaced. In the 1940 photo, you can see a pattern in the glass so I assume that they were leaded glass panels, but now they are just normal glass windows. The wood siding may have been replaced as well; the boards look like they are a larger width now.
Do you see any other differences? Just think, at the time the historic tax assessor’s photo was taken, the home was already 30 years old.
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Photo Credit: Missouri Valley Special Collections, Kansas City Public Library, Kansas City, Missouri
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