What's that sticking up over those houses?
Do you see it? To the left of the brick house? Is that a turret? Where are we?
The house/castle was built in 1909 by Dr. Flavel Tiffany. Dr. Tiffany was one of the foremost ENT doctors in 1878 and one of the founders of the Kansas City Medical College.
Architect Clifton C. Sloan designed the castle for Dr. Tiffany in the medieval Normandy style.It took several years to construct the home.
Tiffany Castle was the first residential building in Kansas City to be designed using reinforced concrete.
When Dr. Tiffany died in 1918, Dr. C.S. McClintock bought the castle. Dr. McClintock died 3 years later, leaving the castle vacant for years afterward. Broken windows let the wind blow throught the castle making howling, eerie sounds; rumors that the castle was haunted permeated the neighborhood.
Children dared one another to enter the castle. The police were called in to investigate reports of vandalism. They found that the castle had been used as headquarters for a gang of car thieves.
Another doctor, E.R. Millis, bought Tiffany Castle in 1924. The castle was originally built at a cost of $75,000. It's estimated that Dr. Millis spent more than $25,000 restoring the castle.
Several people have owned the castle since Dr. Millis' time. And now it's time for the castle to have a new owner. Could it be you?
Tiffany Castle, in Old NE Kansas City, is currently listed for sale at the very attractive price of $450,000. MLS 1694040.
Though small for a Normandy Castle, the house is 4,282 square feet large per the tax records. The lot is also manageable at 0.4acre.
The interior woodwork is of the highest quality. The turret houses the gracefully curving staircase to the second floor and rooftop.
The castle has several pocket doors, lead and stained glass, a gorgeous stone fireplace, a butlers' pantry, and the most awesome wrap around porch for entertaining.
If I were to buy this castle in the Old NE, I would put in marble countertops in the kitchen and change out the skylights.
100 Garfield Avenue Kansas City MO 64124 - in Old NE Kansas City
By Maria Morton © 2010 *OMG What Is That? Is That a Castle in Kansas City?