The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art is part of a culturally rich midtown neighborhood just east of the Country Club Plaza. Museum neighbors include the University of Missouri-Kansas City to the southeast and the Kansas City Art Institute to the west.
The Museum is also part of a historic residential area that was imagined years ago by our founder William Rockhill Nelson, a man who championed beauty and nature. Stately, unique homes and distinguished apartment buildings are part of surrounding neighborhoods that include Southmoreland and Rockhill homes associations.
The Nelson-Atkins for more than 50 years has owned property to the east of the Museum, known as the Laura Nelson Kirkwood Home. The stone house was built in 1910 for William Rockhill Nelson’s only daughter, Laura, and was fashioned after his own majestic home, Oak Hall, that was originally on the site of the Nelson-Atkins.
The site is now rented from the Museum by the Rockhill Tennis Club, but the lease will end in December 2009. For several years, the Nelson-Atkins has intended to use the home for Museum purposes, including much-needed office space.