It is that time of year! I am volunteering to work a shift as a hostess for the Kappa Kappa Gamma Holiday Home Tour. I was a Kappa at K-State and loved every moment. Many of my lifetime friends came from being roommates at 517 Fairchild Terrace together! Balancing my architecture degree with my sorority life taught many time management lessons. I use those lessons today as a mom while managing my architecture practice, teaching an Environmental Design Studio at UMKC, and working on printmaking in any spare time. The least I can do is spend a few hours a year being a tour hostess in a stunningly decorated home.
As an architect, I encourage clients to attend as it a wonderful opportunity to visit homes. I always recommend when designing a space whether it be a small addition, a complete a home renovation or a new home for clients to start understanding how large rooms are and how they feel. Why does a room feel comfortable? Does it have wonderful natural light? Is the size cozy or spacious for the function? Interesting details? Inspiring colors or lighting or many other amazing features? What size is it? Learn to guess room size and height. What size is the furniture? The best way is to look at your home and rooms and learn how big they are and to understand other home’s spaces.
This year’s 63rd Annual Tour proceeds will go locally to Safe Home and Kansas City Community Gardens as well as to the national Kappa Kappa Gamma foundation. For anyone not sure what “style” they like this tour has four unique style distinct homes.
1950’s renovated home, a new home, a 1920’s colonial and 1929 Tudor that is on The National Registrars of Historic Places. Colonial is always a style crowd pleaser, unfortunately the term “colonial “has been over used on too many homes that are colonialesque! Far far far way in from their original eastern seaboard brethren! The home on the tour is a great COLONIAL home! Please check out the 1920’s details including trim, windows and room size to understand what a Colonial Style Home is all about.
Where will I be tomorrow afternoon? It was tough choice! I will be at the 1929 Tudor. Here is tiny teaser or information! Hope to see you there!
Horn/Vincent/Russell/Peet Home – Brief History
When the Tudor Revival, Mission Hills home was built in 1931 by oilman John E. Horn, the estate was thought to be one of the areas’ finest. Edward Tanner, J.C. Nichols’ celebrated Country Club Plaza architect, designed the building. Borrowing from medieval English styles, it features front-facing gables, heavy timbers and stucco and stone walls, topped with a slate roof. “It is one of his finest commissions,” said Rich Lippincott, the Johnson County Museum of History’s historic preservation survey manager. ” To be placed on the National Register of Historic Places, a site must be at least 50 years old and have a “quality that sets it apart from being just another old building,” Lippincott said, such as a rare design or historic significance. This was stated in the KC Star in 1997 when the home made the registry list.
The house is best known as the H.O. Peet home. H.O and Margot Peet owned the home from 1956-1995. Mr. Peet opened one of Kansas City’s first Stock Brokerage firms in the late 1920’s. He was a descendent of the Peet Brothers who started Peet Bro’s Soap, the largest soap manufacturing company west of Mississippi River in the 4th quarter of the 19th century and into the early 20th century. Peet Bro’s Soap Company merged with Palmolive Company to become Palmolive – Peet Company and then merged with Colgate to become Colgate, Palmolive, Peet Company. Known today as Colgate.
The home has many original features including Batchelder-Wilson Floor Tiles, walnut and oak paneling, linen fold carved front doors, leaded & stained glass windows and 6 beautiful acres of landscaping originally designed by Hare & Hare. The current home owners added a Great Hall to the home and enlarged the lower level as part of the renovation in 2008-2011. Our tour will cover the main level and the lower level of the home. Studio Dan Meiners has done an exceptional job decorating the property.