Research & Old Photos of my Home's History – Brookside, Kansas City
Check out this old tax assessor’s photo of my home in Brookside from 1940:
It was very easy to obtain – Mister Snodgrass just emailed his request to an assistant in the Landmark’s Commission and she promptly emailed this photo to him at a minimal cost of $5.00.We were sent a much larger size than I have featured here. Should you desire more information, such as the builder, architect, the way it originally looked, or even the name of the first owner, we have a wealth of resources at our disposal from both the Kansas City Public Library’s resource page on researching the history of your house and the city of Kansas City’s web page on historic research.
What a neat idea! So many homes have a history that many owners will never know, it’s nice to have this feature available for such an affordable rate.
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It appears that the 1940 tax assessor photos are not longer available through the Landmark Commission (now the Historic Preservation Commissions). An update on their website states:
Please note: the Historic Preservation Commission office no longer maintains the 1940 Tax Assessor Photograph collection. To research these photos, visit the Special Collections Room of the Kansas City Public Library, located at 14 W. 10th Street, Kansas City, MO 64105. Please contact the library staff at 816-701-3400 for assistance in obtaining photos from the collection