I have always had an appreciation for historical homes and buildings. The architecture and construction of hundred year old structures cannot be reproduced today, it’s simply too costly. Baltimore Place is one of those structures, built in 1915 and designed by the architectural firm Wight and Wight it was originally built for the “Carriage Trade”. Directly behind Baltimore Place were the stables, after the stables were torn down in the mid 1920’s tennis courts were built and is now the home of a church.
What sets Baltimore place aside from the other buildings are the size of the building and its unique design. The unique U-shaped floor plan offering more light with windows on each side of the unit, approximately 2400 square feet with three plus bedrooms and 2.5 baths. Beautiful hardwood floors, wood burning fireplaces, 10′ ceilings and servants quarters are just a few of the qualities that this nearly hundred year old structure has to offer.
Wight and Wight
William and Thomas Wight were raised in Halifax and there was seven years difference between the boys. In 1904 Thomas moved to Kansas City after working for McKim, Meade and White on the Boston Public Library. Thomas chose Kansas City because it was architecturally underdeveloped, yet expanding rapidly. In 1904 he partnered with Edward Wilder and designed the New England Bank building at the corner of 10th and Baltimore in downtown Kansas City.
In 1911 William Wight joined his brother Thomas and bought out Wilder’s share of the firm creating Wight and Wight. The Wight brothers set out to shape the Kansas City architectural landscape.
Among their most prominent designs are the First National Bank Building, Thomas Swope Memorial at Swope Park, St. Joseph Hospital, Jackson County Courthouse and the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art just to name a few.
Apartment Building to Condominium
In 1976 Scott Lindsey bought Baltimore Place. At the time it was an apartment building with tenants who had lived there for fifty or more years. The structure was solid but the interiors were worn. Old radiator heat, one electrical outlet in each room, no air conditioning and the list goes on. In 1982 Scott decided to condo the building, he replaced all of the plumbing, updated the electrical and added all new mechanicals. He also refurbished the basement taking the old coal storage and putting in a swimming pool and steam room for his residents.
Baltimore Place is a truly exceptional property; the foyer, stairways and halls are furnished in 17th, 18th, and 19th century antiques and beautiful gardens adorn the backyard of the property.
It’s a great way to look at one of Kansas City’s premier condominium buildings and a glance back at Kansas City history.