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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  • My wife and I are regular visitors to art museums around the world. Additionally, my wife is a professional artist. So a visit to one of Missouri's most recognized artist's studios was almost obligato...  more »
  • I had an afternoon off. Went to the home of Thomas Hart Benton. Really was surprise of this Genius and his work. Excellent for solo or couples to go. Kids older would be alright.  more »
  • Could benefit from an introductory video that introduces you to the life of THB. The house, alone, was unusual and interesting!  more »
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  • Worth taking the tour! The home is a wonderful example of the craftsman style, and is chock full of craftsman and Art Deco furniture and architectural details. The home is also full of Benton's art and belongings, all lovingly cared for and preserved. While you can enjoy the grounds on your own, the tour is required to go in either building. This site is a must if you are a fan of craftsman architecture, art deco furniture, Kansas City history, Mr. Benton's art, or all of the above!
  • I knew little about Thomas Hart Benton before coming to the museum, (Didn't even know his biggest works) and I feel like I left an expert. The tour is great. Informative, funny and just the right amount of time (45ish minutes). The Benton's house and the studio are filled with their possessions, so it really looks like they stepped out for the afternoon. Definitely a special place for Kansas City and Missouri history.
  • Just happened onto this place and found it an amazing piece of history. The tour was informative and entertaining. Recommend it.
  • I didn't take the tour, but I enjoyed the brief talk with a person there. Interesting place that completed a connection with an important American who showed the reality of our history in his art.
  • The home is beautiful and it was fascinating to see the studio as Benton left it. The guide on our tour was a little short with us a couple of times (when I wandered a little ahead of her to peek in the next room and when my sister unknowingly touched a chair in the dining room) and that affected our enjoyment of the tour. We've never had anything but wonderful experiences on Missouri historic site tours before this, though, and I wouldn't let this experience stop me from recommending this site to others.

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