Spanish Architecture in Kansas City
The reason we have Spanish style architecture in Kansas City is because Jesse Clyde Nichols took a European vacation. Sounds simple enough.
In actuality, JC bought the land that is now the Country Club Plaza in the early 1900's. The main form of transportation was still horse and buggies and trains for cross country. Automobiles were owned by a few of the wealthier individuals but everyone did not have a car as they do today.
When JC shared his vision of an upscale shopping center with his friends, most of them told him he was crazy. Brush Creek was a watering hole for horses. Kansas City was the last civilized stop for travelers heading out west.
When I look at what this man envisioned and made happen, I am amazed at his foresight. He left enough room for roads so that all these years later, today's traffic is still accommodated.
There are wide sidewalks for pedestrians and two or three lanes going each way for cars. The buildings conform to the Spanish style of architecture yet each is unique and beautiful in it's own right.
As one walks the Plaza in Kansas City, one finds fountains, statues, and art in many forms to admire. Over the last two decades the chain stores have moved into the Plaza but even they cannnot diminish its' beauty.
Hats off to JC Nichols whose vision became a reality that we will all enjoy for many generations!
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