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

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4.6/5 based on 60 reviews on the web
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 Studio is just as it was at the time of his death. The guide stated the house and contents are 75% original from the time Mrs Benton passed away. There is an original painting returned to the fami...  read more »
  • Had the pleasure of touring the Thomas Hart Benton Home in May of this year. The guides are very knowledgeable on Mr. Benton's life, loves, and world recognized art works. I especially liked seeing th...  read more »
  • I was expecting to see a goodly number of the master's works of art. Rather, it is insight into where he lived. Great, if you're really into the life and times of Thomas Hart benton, and where he resi...  read more »
  • 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.
  • I liked the history of the house but I hated our tour guide she yelled at my daughter and my daughter started crying... Some people!
  • Thomas Hart Benton, the painter, home. Great tour.
  • The studio and house is frozen in time.
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