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20 Janssen Place
In the heart of Hyde Park sits beautiful Janssen Place; nineteen palatial homes that were built at the turn of the century. Many of the mansions were built by the lumber barons of the time including John Tschudy (#2, Tschudy Hardwood Lumber Company), Joseph Bernardin (#42, Bernardin Lumber Company, William Bowman (#96, Bowman-Hicks Lumber Company), George Ultch (#3 Ultch Lumber Company), John M. Byrne (#73, John M. Byrne Lumber Company) and William A. Pickering (#20, Pickering Lumber Company).
William Pickering of the Pickering Lumber Company built 20 Janssen place in 1910. This Italiante Revival style house is approximately 9,377 square feet on 0.82 acres with an Italian style garden complete with fountain, pool and pergola. Behind the garden was a rose garden with over 600 varieties, most of them hybrid tea roses.
In 1914 The Kansas City Star reported that the Pickeringfamily’s side yard was the largest rose garden in the state of Missouri. In 1948 the single family land restrictions expired and three duplexes were built and are there today.
The Decline of Hyde Park and Janssen Place The 1960′s were marked with urban decay in many of the urban neighborhoods. The inner city endured many heartbreaks including the fires and the 1968 riots following the assassination of Martin ... more
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