Symphony Designer Showhouse in Janssen Place Is This Week’s Pick

Symphony Designers’ Showhouse

I had the pleasure of visiting the 46th Symphony Designers’ Showhouse yesterday, which is also for sale and my pick of the week. Located at 96 Janssen Place in historic Hyde Park, this home is currently for sale at a price of $1,350,000. The Symphony Designers’ Showhouse lasts for just a few more days (ending Sunday, June 7) so get your tickets and make a plan before it’s over. (The Symphony Designers’ Showhouse is an annual fundraiser for the Kansas City Symphony Alliance, a nonprofit volunteer organization which promotes an interest in classical music throughout the Kansas City area.)

About Janssen Place in Kansas City

If you have never seen one of the historic mini mansions on Janssen Place in Central Hyde Park, I definitely recommend that you take advantage of this opportunity. Janssen Place is listed as an historic district by the Kansas City Landmarks Commission and is on the National Register of Historic Places. It was a place for the wealthy lumber barons of Kansas City to build their suburban dream homes at the turn of the 20th century. It’s hard to imagine, but back then, Janssen Place was located just outside of city limits at 36th Street. Crazy, huh?

The Colonial Revival House

I love the house. It is a white, ca. 1911 Colonial Revival which evokes a plantation home feel from the street, perhaps due to the white color, deep setback, huge front porch (veranda?) and vertical columns. It has a great feel to it, plenty of natural light, and sits on a lovely piece of land. And though it is over 100 years old, it has aged gracefully. I don’t know the exact extent of the interior design/decorating/construction by the Showhouse designers, but I will say this: the house looks beautiful, and while I didn’t go nuts over the decor, I felt that it highlighted the home beautifully and did not detract from its beauty.

MLS Disclosure: The property is listed for sale with Cathie Chesen of ReeceNichols Real Estate