May 16, 2016
KANSAS CITY, Missouri – The Edward Stevens house has been a stately edifice across from the Kansas City Museum since 1910, when Robert A. Long completed construction of Corinthian Hall. Mr. Stevens, then a prominent Attorney in Kansas City, did not oversee the completion of his home as he was stricken by a stroke a year earlier. He died only a month after the family moved into the house. He is buried in Elmwood Cemetery. A fastidious Mrs. Stevens saved most of the receipts for the build and those are now available for viewing at the Kansas City Public Library’s Missouri Valley Room.
Now the current owners of the home, Jeff Zumsteg and Jeff Linville, are hoping to have the house approved as a recognized Historic residence, in addition to being a part of the Scarritt Point Historic District.
“The initial work is exhausting,” said Jeff Linville who prepared most of the nomination. “We wanted to honor the Stevens family with this nomination as well as share its important history with the community at large.”
The home is already a contributing property in the Kansas City Register of Historic Places and the National Register of Historic Places as part of the Scarritt Point North Historic District. The nomination has been sent to the Missouri Department of Natural Resources Historic Preservation Division in Jefferson City for review, and will hopefully be placed on the August docket for hearing.
If there are no snags or modifications to the multi-page nomination proposal, the house will be listed on the National Register of Historic Places.