Kansas City in Jackson County, Missouri — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
Historic Harris-Kearney House
Built in 1855 by John and Henrietta Harris this Greek revival style all brick house was located on a slightly five acre tract on the ridge just east of Westport, MO. This site was on the southwest corner of Westport Rd. (Santa Fe Trail) and Main St. (then a country road that turned south and eastward). Charles Esmonde and Josephine Harris Kearney moved into the house when her father died in 1873 so Josephine could care for her mother who died in 1881. Kearney built an ell at the west end of the house with upper and lower galleries (porches). It is thought that Kearney added the "steamboat gothic" design front porch at that time.
Threatened with razing this two story all brick house was moved in early 1922 to the west and south one block to the present location of 4000 Baltimore. It was refurbished and decorated with local and family antiques and opened that year as the Harris Home Museum.
Unable to support itself, the house suffered abuse and neglect, finally being sold at public auction. It was used as medical offices for many years, but fell again into disrepair and was resold and put into commercial use but this venture also failed.
Finally, on July 26, 1976, the Westport Historical Society acquired the house from the Small Business Administration. The society raised funds to perform a complete restoration
The historic Harris-Kearney House was listed on the National Register of Historic Places on October 18, 1972.
Erected by Westport Historical Society and Native Sons of Kansas City.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Native Sons and Daughters of Greater Kansas City, and the Santa Fe Trail marker series.
Location. 39° 3.233′ N, 94° 35.259′ W. Marker is in Kansas City, Missouri, in Jackson County. Marker is at the intersection of Baltimore Avenue and West 40th Street, on the right when traveling south on Baltimore Avenue. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 4000 Baltimore Avenue, Kansas City MO 64111, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Major Murray Davis D.S.C. (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Three Trails West (approx. 0.2 miles away); James Bridger (approx. 0.2 miles away); John Calvin McCoy (approx. 0.2 miles away); Alexander Majors (approx. 0.2 miles away); West Port, Missouri (approx. 0.2 miles away); Original Site of Harris House (approx. 0.2 miles away); Action Before Westport (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Kansas City.
Also see . . .
1. The Westport (Missouri) Historical Society. (Submitted on July 10, 2011, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. The Harris-Kearney House. (Submitted on July 10, 2011, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
3. Historic Preservation in Kansas City, Missouri. (Submitted on July 10, 2011, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
4. Santa Fe National Historic Trail. (Submitted on July 10, 2011, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on July 10, 2011, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 592 times since then. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on July 10, 2011, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.