Thomas Hart Benton Home and Studio State Historic Site, Kansas City

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The Thomas Hart Benton Home and Studio State Historic Site is a state-owned property located at 3616 Belleview, Kansas City, Missouri, that preserves the house and studio of Missouri artist Thomas Hart Benton. The historic site was established in 1977 and is managed by the Missouri Department of Natural Resources. Tours are provided that show the furnished house and studio as Benton left it when he died on January 19, 1975. The site was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1980.HistoryThe property was built in Kansas City's Roanoke Park neighborhood around 1903. Although not overly large, the house has a fortress-like appearance owing to its elevation above street level and the random ashlar masonry of its limestone front.The house was built for Walter E. Kirkpatrick. The architect was George Mathews, a proponent of the City Beautiful movement. Kirkpatrick was the secretary and treasurer for the Kansas City Electric Light Company, and on the board of directors of the KC Street Railway Company. The home is approximately 7800 square feet on 3 floors, containing 24 rooms, 4 fireplaces on 3 chimneys, and a full finished basement. The Benton family purchased the -acre property in 1939 for $6000.
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  • What a great learning experience for me to visit the Thomas Hart Benton Home. I loved the studio, house and the decision to leave it untouched. Our guide was so informative and knew so much about Tom ...  more »
  • This is an interesting place to visit if you are interested in art. Thomas Benton was controversial during his life and visiting his home and studio sheds light on his character, formative influences ...  more »
  • This is a nice and modest house in a nice, old neighborhood. Learn how the artist worked and lived. The tour guide was knowledgeable, helpful and friendly. There is a small charge for the tour. It doe...  more »
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  • This is one of Mo State Parks. You can take a tour of his home or just walk around the grounds. A must see for anyone and everyone.
  • If you love art and architecture and history and politics from the early-mid 1900s, this place is endlessly fascinating. Also, the fact that the brick drive construction is solid granite is just amazing. I love the feeling of stepping back in time during this tour.
  • What a hidden treasure. A very fascinating slice of history preserved for our benefit.
  • Lovely place and the guide very knowledgeable.
  • Thomas Hart Benton, the painter, home. Great tour.