Faces Of Northeast: Lester Blue

Lester Blue is a native Kansas Citian. He loves Kansas City and one of his favorite activities is to show out-of-town guests the city, pointing out the history and architecture.  

“Due to my knowledge of the city and its buildings, I’ve had friends say that I should work for the Chamber of Commerce,” Blue said.

Blue likes the character of older homes and before moving to Northeast in 2001, he looked at homes in Hyde Park, Squire Park, Plaza West, and Brookside, but he didn’t see a house that he really liked.  

“I remembered that I used to drive through Northeast when looking at architecture. I asked my real estate agent to look for houses in Northeast,” Blue said. “She took me to several houses, including the house in which Joan Crawford grew up. Eventually, we found an American Four Square on Van Brunt Boulevard, which had the formality that I liked. Also, the interior was Arts and Crafts, which had woodwork with plain, clean lines. So I bought it.

Lester Blue’s house was recently featured on the Northeast Kansas City Historical Society Fall Homes Tour in October of 2019.

Blue is a clinical psychologist who studied at Rice University and the University of Missouri. 

He is in private practice in the Brookside area and conducts individual psychotherapy with adults and couples counseling.  

He’s very active in his church, including teaching an adult Sunday school class for the past 30 years. He enjoys traveling and recently spent three weeks in New Zealand and Australia. He also enjoys cooking for company.

“Something that I really like about the Northeast is its diversity — including racial, ethnic, country of origin, and socioeconomic,” Blue said. “Northeast is the most diverse community in Kansas City. I have also had some of the warmest and friendliest neighbors.”

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