Did you know an entire city in Johnson County was added to the Kansas Register of Historic Places in August? Westwood Hills is the smallest city in Johnson County with under 400 residents. The city was developed in the 1920s by innovative planner and Johnson County native J.C. Nichols. The winding streets of Westwood Hills are populated by attractive homes from the 1920s and 1930s.
An associate professor of urban planning and design at UMKC noted that, “Listing Westwood Hills on the national register is a no-brainer. It’s a great example of that particular era of suburban development” (Kansas City Star, 8/5/13). Next time you’re in the area, take a detour through Westwood Hills and discover for yourself why it was added to the prestigious list.
– Matt Gilligan, Johnson County Museum