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Homes by Architects Tour

Designed by AIA Kansas City architects

Trolley Trail. Westside. Mission Hills. Prairie Village. Explore the Kansas City Metro like never before during KC Design Week’s Homes by Architects Tour. See four homes designed by local architects and learn about their unique details from the people that designed them.

All homes on the tour were designed by AIA Kansas City Member Firms and selected by a special committee. KCDW will correspond with ticket holders regarding the addresses of the homes closer to the event.

** Photography not permitted inside the homes. Tour restricted to ages 12 and up.

04.20.24 | 1:00-4:00pm
$40 + fees in advance | $50 at door
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Custom Home On The Links

Architect: Wendlandt & Stallbaumer
Photography: Keith Kreeger

This dramatic cafe style home features extensive exterior millwork.  This “upside down” home positions its primary/public areas on the top-most floor, capturing stunning views all across Indian Hills Country Club/Golf Course. 

Madison Residence

Architect: Hermanos Design
Photography: Aaron Dougherty Photography

1675 Madison is a three-bedroom residential renovation within a century old masonry building in the Westside North neighborhood of Kansas City, MO. The original building typology consisted of apartment dwellings on the second level for shop owners and patrons. The renovated space, comprised of a new stair and elevator to access the second level, features stair treads, shelves, and louvered screens of repurposed wood from the original building.

Trolley Trail House

Architect: McHenry Shaffer Architecture
Photography: Nate Sheets Photography

When our clients bought an extra deep lot along the Trolley Trail in Waldo, they had in mind an uncomplicated home that would be tight and efficient, with cozy nooks and thoughtful details. They were drawn to the “Pretty Good House” principles — build as small as possible, be simple and durable, invest in a well-insulated exterior, and use common sense passive strategies, like appropriate site location and deep overhangs to reduce cooling needs. 

At just 1800 SF, the design prioritizes personalized, right-sized living spaces and a constant connection to the outdoors via direct views or glimpses of sky through high windows. The inverted truss roof structure allows for superior insulation depth and sets up an indirect lighting strategy with north-facing clearstory windows providing soft, ambient light throughout the home.

The L-shaped floor plan puts the wooded backyard and Trolley Trail on center stage, with views from all rooms directed toward the historic path. Deep overhangs and a wood deck wrap the home from the front porch around to the private yard and stone patio, setting up a serene space for entertaining guests around a fire pit. 

Mission Hills Residence

Architect: Hoke Ley Architecture and Design

Constructed in 1925, this classic Tudor has been completely overhauled for modern living. Originally slated for demolition, the interior of the house was completely gutted prior to the current owner taking possession, essentially providing a blank canvas to design on. Fortunately the exterior was still intact and was able to be completely restored allowing it to maintain its contribution to the historic Mission Hills neighborhood. A new detached garage with a a flex-space above was designed and constructed to match the original house. In the backyard, a new pool and outdoor kitchen were added along with custom steel pergolas. With the interior of the house gutted, great care was taken to pay homage to the Tudor style, while bringing it into the 21st century. As one enters the house, they are greeted by a sinuous new stairway spanning 4 floors reminiscent of the Guggenheim in New York. To the left and right the library and dining room have been completely restored with custom walnut cabinetry and paneling, as well as an updated fireplace surround and wine cellar. Past the stairway, the eye is lead to a newly added casual family room and kitchen, again with custom cabinetry and a new gas fireplace. Just off the kitchen is a gracious butlers pantry for convenience and additional storage. On the second level the norther half is entirely occupied by a primary suite including an en-suite bathroom, walk-in closet and private outdoor deck. The remaining two bedrooms on the floor each have their own en-suite bathroom and have convenient access to teh laundry room. The attic space houses one additional bedroom and a reclaimed rec-room which used to house all of the HVAC equipment. The basement level includes the original garage, but now has a welcoming foyer with additional storage.