Mission Hills, Kansas
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The Fireplaces & Chimneys of Mission Hills, KS
BY ROBERT BERRY, OWNER OF FULL SERVICE CHIMNEY
The Beautiful chimneys and fireplaces
Mission Hills, Kansas, being so close to Kansas City, began to populate before World War II and developed into one of the most lovely communities in the Kansas City area. Rolling hills, tree-filled lots, and unique architecture are only a few of the reasons families find this area special. The hearths and chimneys are no less spectacular than the homes they serve. Over-sized bricks, multiple flues, and fireplaces large enough to sit in are common in these home’s construction. Chimneys here are so majestic, they are frequently built to show off on the curb facing side of the home, adjacent to the front door.
Sixty years of beautiful homes
Time has had an effect, however. The chimneys and flues in Mission Hills, Kansas are some of the oldest in the metro. Many of these chimneys started out without rain protection. Chimney caps are a must in keeping chimneys sound and their flues safe. The clay flue liners that service the furnaces and water heaters are some of the first to wear out. This is due to the high moisture content in the natural gas exhaust. This constant dampness, made worse in the winter, will cause a flue liner to crumble in on itself.
Unique design found in Mission Hills fireplaces and chimneys
With the one of a kind design features seen in Mission Hills hearths and chimneys comes the challenges of keeping chimneys healthy. Frequently, the outside of a Mission Hills chimney will be round, hexagon, or even octagon in shape. This non-traditional design makes repair and reconstruction a challenge. Full Service Chimney has been building and repairing chimneys and hearths for thirty years. We employ some of the country’s finest masonry craftsmen who take the extra care the original masons exercised. Have Full Service Chimney to your home to ensure all your moments by the hearth are happy ones.
A Quick History of Mission Hills, KS
Like most of the neighboring communities, Mission Hills originally began as part of the Mission built to provide education and training to the Shawnee tribe who inhabited the land after they were moved from their native home in Ohio in the 1820s. The area became a popular stop for travelers on the Santa Fe Trail who gathered water from the nearby spring. Eventually, the area was broken up and developed into independent communities. Real estate developer J.C. Nichols had visited France, Italy, and Spain in his early 20s and he brought back a vision of an upscale community that showcased fountains and statues like he saw in Europe. In 1908, Nichols purchased 229 acres near a golf course to begin developing the first garden community he envisioned. He recruited the wealthiest people in the Kansas City area to build homes on his exclusive lots.
When the homes were built, Nichols didn’t trust local government to adequately cater to his resident’s needs or enforce the policies he wanted his development to uphold. This prompted some creative thinking and they forwent incorporation in order to establish its own management called the Mission Hills Home Company in 1914. This was the origination of the modern day homeowners associations.
The community was successful but neighboring areas looked to annex it in to share the healthy tax source. In order to avoid being taken advantage of, Mission Hills was incorporated in 1949. Notably, Ernest Hemingway and his pregnant wife stayed at one of the homes while he wrote “A Farewell to Arms” and his son was born. An inscribed book was given to the doctor and still remains in the UMKC library. The city has maintained its original architecture and nature-inspired aesthetic. Surrounded by golf courses, large lots, gardens, and the infamous Verona Statues, residents continue to enjoy their peaceful community that J.C. Nichols made come to life.
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