Pick of the Week – A Marble Mid-Century Modern Ranch
This is a very interesting piece of Kansas City real estate. During my tour of this home on Tuesday, the listing agent, Sharon McNulty, told me that this mid-century ranch was built by by Henry Lamping (1929-2010) who was the owner of the Kansas City Marble Company in 1952. This home is replete with marble and terrazzo stone. The interior floors, fireplace, window sills, wainscoting, counters, are all made of marble throughout the entire house, and what is even more amazing is that no two rooms are alike. Each floor boasts its very own custom marble design. I couldn’t believe my eyes – it is really a sight to see if you are interested in natural stone and marble. It is rumored that the circular marble shapes in the family room floor are actually slices from marble columns being installed at the Nelson during the same time. I visited our Missouri Valley Collections website to see if I could research what project would have been going on at the Nelson in 1952; my search found no results, though I did enjoy reading the museum’s construction history. The variety of marble colors and types featured in the home leads me to wonder if it was built using a collection of leftover materials from various Kansas City Marble Company projects over the years, and, if so, it is surely plausible that the Nelson would have been one of these projects.
Here are a few photos from the MLS listing. This home, located near the Plaza and Loose Park, is currently for sale – VIEW LISTING.
Henry Lamping is my grandfather and he did do work at the Nelson. He also did work at union station. My father grew up in that house i believe.