This weekend, Mikael and I attended the Old Home Expo at the Kansas City Museum hosted by the Young Preservationists Society. We were so excited to spend our Saturday in the mansion and grounds of the Long family up in northeast Kansas City.
The home was built around 1910 and is an enormous work in progress. It's being renovated by local KC architects International Architects Atelier. This enormous house features a beautiful sunroom, grand staircase, and incredibly ornate architecture made with the highest quality materials. Additionally, there is an old carriage house and stables that too is beautifully made. Its a spectacular setting for an afternoon in Kansas City and if you haven't been to an event there, you absolutely must go!
the grand staircase
details in the foyer
the old stables
Some of the highlights?
Meeting Bernice Radle of DIY Network's American Rehab: Buffalo and co-founder of Buffalove Development, a 29 year old preservationist in Buffalo, New York who renovates the worst homes into spectacular beauties. She also has campaigned to save historical buildings by "heart bombing" them - putting handmade heart signs on the crumbling exteriors to bring attention to their value.
Mikael loved all of the technical workshops - plaster repair, fixing old windows, rehabbing fireplaces, etc. I attended more workshops on design and research. I loved seeing a presentation on the renovation of 20 Janssen Place, a mansion here in Kansas City. I also was fascinated by the workshop about researching the history of your home. On Sunday I started doing some serious research on our house's history and I cannot wait to share just what all I found in an upcoming post!
While this all is going on, Mikael is currently working on fixing the plaster in our dining room, I'm trying to find the perfect medium grey paint, and Mikael installed new weatherstripping on our exterior doors, making them air tight! We'll be showing some of that progress soon!