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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  • The home itself is in an old neighborhood in which each house has very distinctive and beautiful architecture. He lived in it for an extensive period up until the time he died. He is known mostly for ...  more »
  • Art and history intersects at the Thomas Hart Benton Home and Studio, located in the elegant old Roanoke neighborhood in mid-town Kansas City. Everything is just as the controversial artist and his fa...  more »
  • Benton was one of America’s great painters (born in Kansas City), and a teacher of Jackson Pollock. His home & studio are untouched since his death in the mid 70’s, and it is absolutely fascinating to...  more »
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  • 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.
  • Well maintained historic site. See the original studio and home of this famous painter.
  • Went there with my kids today , have always been a fan of his and after today even more. LOVED the tour . Quite impressed !!
  • It's like stepping into history. Everything is left in the same in this great artist'a house. If you enjoy beautiful architecture, art and Kansas City history, you'll enjoy this tour. The woman on site from the Missouri Parks Department was very kind in taking her time in answering our questions.
  • Rich history in one well maintained location.