Monday, February 4, 2013

My Missouri: The Kansas City Plaza

I had an appointment down on The Country Club Plaza, known by the locals as just "The Plaza" today and took a minute to take a couple of pictures of the Kansas City Landmark. The Plaza was designed in 1922 to the be one the country's first outdoor suburban shopping districts, and to this day, it remains a haven of upscale shops and decent, although mostly chain, restaurants.  



The Plaza was the brainchild of real estate developer and  Kansas native J.C. Nichols who bought the once rather desolate land near Brush Creek. His purchase basically got him a hog farm and a brickyard, but it didn't stay that way for long.  


In his younger days, Nichols had traveled to Europe and while designing The Plaza, he was inspired by these travels and choose a Spanish theme for his new development with towers, stucco buildings, colorful tiles and courtyards.



 And walking along the streets there definitely is the familiarity of European fairways and market streets and then you get a whiff of BBQ. Kansas City Class. 

When the weather is a little warmer, the fountains are turned on. Fun (and true) Fact: Kansas City has more fountains than any other city in the world, except Rome, Italy. That is a lot of fountains. 

Kansas City, you're starting to feel  a little bit more like home. 


2 comments :

  1. Let us know when you are ready for visitors!

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  2. M, we definitely need to set up some East side/West side play dates!

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