Westwood Hills nominated to Kansas State Register of Historic Places

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

"The Most Beautiful Little City in Kansas"

“The Most Beautiful Little City in Kansas”

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Winding streets and large trees are the result of J.C. Nichols' superb planning.

Winding streets and large trees are the result of J.C. Nichols’ superb planning.

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2 responses to “Westwood Hills nominated to Kansas State Register of Historic Places

  1. Nona

    Born and raised in Johnson County and never even heard of Westwood Hills.
    How about the restof you KC area friends?

  2. mattgilligan

    Hi Nona,

    Thanks for your comment. The boundaries for Westwood Hills are from West 48th Terrace to West 50th Terrace, and from Rainbow Boulevard to State Line Road. Next time you’re in the neighborhood, take a look!

    – Matt

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