Friday, June 26, 2009

Louis S. Curtiss or Victor Buetner-"What's the Story on That House?"


At risk is this once fabulous home with pergola gardens. (Photo courtesy of the Missouri Valley Collection) We did a post on this house and with some studied responses like Nate's, it's led us on an adventure of "architectology", just kidding, but seriously trying to get to the root of how this house came about, who designed it, who built it and for whom was it built. Simple enough but it has not turned out that way..."Stalking Louis Curtiss" perhaps the best resource on Curtiss, did not have this house in the book, the author Wilda Sandy, did note that a project for a residence was located at 39th St. and Manheim, KCMO. We have approached numerous people whom we consider scholars on Curtiss about this specific house, also Nate and Anne have kept us informed on their extensive efforts to hopefully prove that this was a Curtiss design. We look forward to having a thorough analysis posted soon, we still can't quite believe that Curtiss was not somehow involved in the design of the house.

1 comment:

horticolous* said...

You might have a look at this Star article about the house from when it was built by Victor Beutner:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/nhofer/3420487836/in/set-72157615771039700/

Also, I just noticed last week that "For Sale By Owner" signs have gone up in its yard...