The historic Webster House has been transformed from a school to a beautiful shopping and dining destination. It stands next to the modern Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts in the Crossroads Arts District of Kansas City, Missouri.
One of my favorite buildings to photograph is the Webster House, formerly the Webster School. It’s in the Crossroads Arts District of Kansas City, Missouri.
Nutcrackers for sale at the Webster House
It’s a beautiful work of art, designed in the “Richardson Romanesque” style. What a grand place it must have been to attend school there! It’s lovely inside and out with fabulous interior wood woodwork. The school officially opened in 1886 and then closed in 1932. It was restored, opening in 2002, as a beautiful dining and shopping location. The Webster House has a beautiful bell tower, which is a reconstruction. The original was removed after another school’s bell tower fell during a tornado and caused the death of fifteen students. I like to meet friends and family at the Webster House for lunch or dinner, served in a couple of lovely dining rooms, which were once school rooms.
Behind the Webster House are the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts and the Bartle Hall Pylons, architectural icons and modern additions to the Downtown Kansas City landscape.
The Webster School was designed by the Kansas City School Board’s architect, Manuel Diaz. Webster House is one of the oldest remaining public school buildings in Kansas City and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The Webster School was the last area school built with a bell tower on top. In 1886 a tornado caused the bell tower on the Lathrop School at Ninth and Broadway to crash into the school, collapsing the third and second floors into the basement and burying children in the debris. Bell towers were no longer permitted on top of schools after this tragedy.
The old Webster School is now a restaurant and store. Here beautifully decorated trees display Christmas ornaments for sale.
Beautiful cabinets that match the original woodwork of the old Webster School display jewelry for sale.
History of the Webster House.
History of the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts.
Crossroads Arts District.
Melvin, 14-year-old cat.
Melvin melted my heart the minute I met him at Wayside Waifs. He certainly wasn’t beautiful in the usual sense. His ears were crinkled and bare, his fur was patchy, and he was missing his front right leg. He was probably close to being deaf. He’d had ear infections. He could barely get up to greet me, but he tried and tried until he finally made it to the front of the kennel. He is a very sweet and affectionate cat.
He was thought to be 14 years old when he was brought to Wayside Waifs. Little was known about his history. He was transferred from another shelter when it ran out of space.
I admit that my heart is easily melted, but Melvin tugged even harder at my heartstrings. I seriously thought about bringing him home, even though my house isn’t set up for a cat that can’t get around very well. My two resident cats, who don’t get along that well with each other, were also a consideration. Melvin worked his special cat magic on a lot of volunteers and staff members at Wayside Waifs, who called out “Hi, Melvin” whenever they passed his kennel. We were all so happy when the boyfriend of one of them recently adopted Melvin so that he can live out his final years with love and in comfort.
I’ve met a lot of wonderful cats and kittens during my six years of volunteering as a photographer at Wayside Waifs, a no-kill animal shelter in Kansas City, Missouri, but Melvin will always hold a special place in my melted heart for him.
About Wayside Waifs
Daffodils, blooming early in my neighborhood this year (February 2016). Always a cheerful sight.
Our 2015-2016 Winter hasn’t been harsh, very little snow, so I won’t complain.
Magnolia blooming at Boone Hall Plantation, Mount Pleasant, South Carolina.
However, that doesn’t stop me for wishing for the flowers of Spring! I’ve already seen daffodils in bloom in the neighborhood, so I’ve gotten part of my wish. Here are some photos of blooms from previous Springs from my travels in different parts of the country.
Wisteria in Bloom at Loose Park Bridge, Kansas City, Missouri.
A Paper Mache Mermaid Skeleton hangs in Kirkwood Hall at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City, Missouri. The skeleton is one of four hanging in the hall for the Day of the Dead (El Dia de los Muertos) festival planned for November 1, 2015. Sand paintings in an altar are also featured.
There are always activities at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City, Missouri. The museum’s exterior lights were bright blue in honor of the Kansas City Royals basbeall team being in the World Series. Guards were wearing Kansas City Royals t-shirts.
Day of the Dead at the Nelson Atkins
Inside, in Kirkwood Hall, four paper mache skeletons hung from the ceiling for the museum’s Day of the Dead Festival. In the center is an altar featuring sand paintings honoring ancestors, highlighting the four elements of earth, wind, fire and water. Visitors are encouraged to write their own special remembrance. The festival art is done in collaboration with local artists through Mattie Rhodes Center. Music and dancing is scheduled for the festival on November 1, 2015. The museum is at 4525 Oak Street, Kansas City, Missouri.
Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art Day of the Dead Festival.
Dead of the Dead Poetry and Photographs.
Day of the Dead Altar.
Day of the Dead Altar.
Paper Mache Skeleton with Heart.
Paper Mache Skeleton with Monarch Butterfly Wings. Monarch butterflies winter in Mexico.
Butterfly Sand Painting
Royal Blue Water Fountain Cherub.
The Kansas City Royals are in the baseball World Series for the second year in a row! The city is celebrating once again with blue water fountains.
Kansas City Union Station in Blue
Untion Station in Blue, Fountains, Kansas City, Missouri
Meyer Circle Mermaid Fountain, Kansas City, Missouri.
A Great Blue Heron watches for fish at the base of a waterfall at the Watts Mill Historic Site in Kansas City, Missouri.
I’ve driven by the Watts Mill Historic Site a thousand times. Although it’s somewhat hidden, it’s across from where I bought groceries for many years and down the street from my stylist’s former salon. I’d picked up my husband many times at the nearby car dealer when he was getting his car serviced. Favorite restaurants were nearby. How could I have missed this idyllic spot? I even knew about it. I just didn’t realize how peaceful and lovely it would be, nestled as it is among shopping centers and car dealerships.
My friend Lynn and I were on a photography expedition, and she pulled into the parking lot to check out the falls for a photography opportunity. We’ve had a lot of rain, so the water was really flowing.
The park, at 103rd and State Line, was a campsite for people heading out on the Oregon, California and Santa Fe Trails. The area that is now a park was the site of gristmill, built in 1832, known as Watts Mill (first known as Fitzhugh’s Mill), and then Watts Mill. The park is situated on the banks of Indian Creek where the creek flows across flat rocks and tumbles over a waterfall. This location was dedicated June 10, 1974, as a historic site.
Also enjoying the creek were plenty of Canada geese and mallard ducks, as well as songbirds.
The Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias) is a large wading bird in the heron family Ardeidae, common near the shores of open water and in wetlands over most of North America and Central America as well as the Caribbean and the Galapagos Islands.