Bounded by East 53rd Street, East 56th Street, Oak Street, and Holmes Street, the Crestwood neighborhood in Kansas City boasts eclectic architectural design reflecting the styles of the post World War I period. Established in 1919 and developed by the J.C. Nichols Co., this charming neighborhood was built to attract middle and upper middle class families.
Still, as of today, the Crestwood neighborhood can be admired for its curving drives, picturesque entrances, and eye-appealing landscapes once designed by the landscape architecture firm of Hare and Hare. Homes in this neighborhood boast Colonial and Tudor Revival styles, which give the Crestwood neighborhood a distinct character, effectively setting it apart from adjacent neighborhoods. Epperson House, a historic residence believed to be haunted and located at 5200 Cherry Street, is a perfect example of a Tudor-Gothic structure.
The Crestwood neighborhood is home to the Toy and Miniature Museum, located at 5235 Oak Street. The museum boasts the largest collection of nostalgic old-time toys and fine-scale miniatures in the Midwest. It also features the world’s largest collection of marbles. The Linda Hall Library, just a few blocks away, on the other hand, is the world’s first independent research library devoted to science, engineering, and technology.
School-age children and college kids have the advantage of several schools located in the nearby areas. St. Teresa’s Academy is an independent college preparatory secondary school a few blocks away. Rockhurst University, a Catholic Jesuit university frequented by about 3,000 students, is just off nearby Rockhurst Road. The University of Missouri-Kansas City is also a public university conveniently located within a few blocks.
The neighborhood of Crestwood got its name because of its location based on a thickly wooded area of flat terrain. Along with Sunset Hill, Brookside, and Mission Hills, Crestwood is part of the historic Country Club District built by J.C. Nichols, just south of the Country Club Plaza.