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A Quick History of Leawood, KS
Like a phoenix, Leawood rose from the ashes of its destruction into a beautiful, modern city. The land was first occupied as the Town of Oxford in the late 1800s, but it was destroyed during the Civil War. Oscar G. Lee bought the land in 1922 to rebuild on. Leawood would later be named after Mr. Lee. He oversaw construction of Lee Boulevard on the property which was opened to public use. Eventually, a housing development was built on the property and the town became incorporated in 1948.
The population increased by a margin of over 6,000 people in the 1950s. Bordering Overland Park, Prairie Village, and Kansas City, Missouri, the city’s location proved to be a prime spot for growth and commerce. Modern-day Leawood is known throughout the area as an elegant and prestigious host to shopping, dining, business, and beautiful homes for its 32,000 residents and visitors.
The Fireplaces and Chimneys of Leawood, KS
BY ROBERT BERRY, OWNER OF FULL SERVICE CHIMNEY
Leawood homes, chimneys, and fireplaces are unlike any in the metro, mostly because of their level of craftsmanship and variety of designs. For example, off of Lee Boulevard, we’ve encountered round flue tiles going to both the fireplaces and utility flues. Even with 30 years in the business, we only have seen round tiles in the Kansas City area twice before. The masonry of the chimneys is frequently spectacular as well, as builders selected specially ordered bricks and stones instead of common types locally available.
Fireplaces, regardless of the time period, are uniquely adorned with tile and trim in keeping with the style of the home. Some of the first raised hearth fireplaces built in the city are found in here. This allowed the family and friends to sit by the fire and made tending the fireplace easier.
The city of Leawood, Kansas has homes in excess of 50 years old, 25% of them built prior to 1970. With fireplaces and chimneys of this age, even well-built hearths, need special attention regardless of the type of fuel burned or the amount they are used. A frequent venting method of the utility from the furnace and water heater are through the same chimney shared by a fireplace in a Leawood home. These flues were designed for a 30-year lifespan and frequently have fallen into disrepair. The utility flues prior to 1990 were intended for low-efficiency appliances as opposed to the 80% units sold to homeowners for the last few decades.
Gas fireplaces are very popular in Leawood, and why not? With the ability to install a gas fireplace insert, its remote control, and ample heat output, a gas insert can be installed in less than a day in most cases. Homes with factory-built fireplaces are not without gas fireplace options either. These pre-fab fireplaces and chimneys can be replaced with direct-vent gas fireplace and gas inserts. Once the family decides they are too busy for the time commitment of a wood burning fireplace, gas logs and inserts are a viable option.
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