Roanoke

Creative. Beautiful. Modern.

The Roanoke Historic District is a midtown neighborhood tucked into the Southeast corner of Roanoke Park at 39th Street and Southwest Trafficway, comprised of only 100 residential homes. Kansas City history buffs will recognize the names Abernathy, Jarboe, Pearle, Muehlebach, Holmes, Helmers, Agee, Volker, Benton, Sondern – prominent families building homes here.

 

Students of architecture will know the names George Mathews, Shepard, Farrar and Wiser, Henry Hoit, Nelle Peters, Jesse Lauck, Frederick Gunns, Ernest Brostrom, and Frank Lloyd Wright – noted architects commissioned for this original work.

 

A jewel of the Roanoke Historic District, the Thomas Hart Benton Home and Studio, preserves the house and studio of Missouri artist Thomas Hart Benton. The Home and Studio, located at 3616 Belleview, was established as a historic site in 1977 and is managed by the Missouri Department of Natural Resources.

 

Tours are provided that show the furnished house and studio as Benton left it when he died in 1975. The site was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1980.