Want to explore Pendleton Heights? Get started with this beginner’s guide to the neighborhood | KCUR 89.3

After Quality Hill – the historic district located on 200-foot-tall bluffs overlooking West Bottoms – Pendleton Heights is Kansas City’s second-oldest residential neighborhood.

If you’ve spent a lot of time there, you know that the area is full of Victorian homes, notable landmarks, community parks and gardens, not to mention various dining options and markets.

Geographically, Pendleton Heights is bordered by Independence Avenue to the south, Chestnut Trafficway to the east, and The Paseo to the west. The north side is on bluffs, with East Bottoms and the Missouri River below. On a clear day, from the top of these cliffs, you can clearly see Kansas City, Kansas.

Here we have also included points of interest in the Scarritt Renaissance neighborhood, located just east of Pendleton Heights. As you follow Independence Avenue through the two historic neighborhoods, drift a bit north and discover thoroughfares such as Gladstone Boulevard, Cliff Drive, and St. John Avenue.

Kansas City Museum

Museum director Anna Marie Tutera greets revelers at the 2021 Derby Party at the Kansas City Museum. The grand reopening celebration was hosted by the Kansas City Museum Foundation to benefit the Kansas City Museum.

An impressive four-story, 70-bedroom mansion at the northern end of Scarritt Renaissance, Kansas City Museum reopened in 2021 after a seven-year renovation. A Beaux-Arts style mansion, the building was built by lumber baron Robert A. Long in 1910 for $1 million – the equivalent of $29.1 million today – and named Corinthian Hall.

After his death in 1934, Long’s daughters emptied the mansion of its furniture and opened it to the public as a history and science museum, then as a natural history museum, with fossils, rocks, minerals, a 50-seat planetarium and a cooler. cream parlor.

Today the museum is owned and operated by Kansas City Parks & Recreation. It still features an ice cream parlor, as well as curated exhibits to “engage visitors in unfolding stories about Kansas City’s vibrant history, cultural heritage, and pride.”

The museum also hosts a number of annual events, guided tours, house concerts and more. Find out about upcoming museum events here.

Coffee PH

A shot of the brick and glass exterior of PH Coffee, a coffee shop in the Pendleton Heights neighborhood of Kansas City. "Coffee PH" is spelled out with each letter in a pane.
In addition to single-origin espresso and matcha drinks, PH Coffee in Pendleton Heights serves canned cocktails and local beers, as well as vegan scones, breakfast burritos, and sandwiches.

If you’re looking for a new place to work or study – or just like to roam the neighborhoods in search of the best cup of coffee – a visit to Coffee PH may be in your future. The surroundings are charming and industrial: stools lined up along a giant window bar, exposed brickwork, and a bright tiled ceiling.

In addition to single-origin espresso and matcha drinks, the cafe serves canned cocktails and local beers, as well as vegan scones, burritos, and breakfast sandwiches.

PH is all about community events, regularly hosting pop-ups with other local small businesses as well as chef watch parties, with the game played on a projector screen. There’s even a dedicated spot inside with craft supplies for kids.

If you’re looking for a reason to visit soon, PH Coffee is teaming up with the Strawberry Swing for a Halloween pop-up on Saturday, October 29 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Cliff Drive Scenic Drive

Cliff Drive Fall Foliage
Fall foliage along Cliff Drive, Kansas City, Missouri.

Located in George E. Kessler Park – a 300-acre green space named after the famous urban planner and landscape architect – Cliff Drive is one of Kansas City’s best-kept recreation secrets. The scenic route is just over four miles long, stretching from Paseo and Independence Avenue to Indian Mound on Gladstone Boulevard.

According to Kansas City Parks & Recreation, Cliff Drive “preserves natural features unique to this part of the Missouri River Valley, including limestone cliffs, natural vegetation, and wildlife, particularly unusual because they are located immediately adjacent to the center- city ​​in a highly urbanized environment. ”

Not only can you walk, ride or hike among the towering cliffs and mature forests, but you can also rock climb in the Cliff Drive sport climbing area, play disc golf near a reservoir abandoned or take photos of the Kessler waterfall, officially known as Carl Dicapo. Fountain. Cliff Drive is currently closed to motor vehicles daily.

San Antonio Market

A close up of three tacos
Part specialty grocery store, part cafeteria, the San Antonio Market offers traditional Mexican ingredients, as well as fresh fruits, vegetables, meats and fish.

There are a ton of great carnicerias, or butcher shops and tortillerias in historic northeast Kansas City — and in Kansas City, Kansas — but this one on Independence Avenue is special.

Half specialty grocery store, half cafeteria, San Antonio Market stocks traditional Mexican ingredients, as well as fresh fruits, vegetables, meat and fish. Making tamales and need fresh masa? They got it. Huge flour tortillas? Check. Dried chillies hard to find? Sure.

But the crown jewel? The cafeteria, and its revolving spit of al pastor. Originating in the central Mexican region of Puebla, al pastor is a boneless pork shoulder that has been stacked and spit-roasted on an upright roasting pan called a trompo. It is then sliced ​​and served in a corn tortilla.

In San Antonio, look for the little cart with condiments like spicy red salsa, salsa verde, chopped onions, lime, and cilantro.

Scarritt Point and the Colonnade

The Kansas City Colonnade Monument

Missouri Valley Special Collections, Kansas City Public Library

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This 1912 postcard depicts the historic Kansas City landmark known as the Colonnade, which was built in 1908 and designed by Henry Wright.

A row of antiquated houses is north of the Kansas City Museum, one at 3400 Norledge Avenue. Built of limestone in 1899, it housed the daughter of Nathan Scarritt, a Methodist minister who owned much of the Scarritt Renaissance property in the mid-1800s. Near the house is Scarritt Pointwhere Scarritt’s log cabin once stood.

Following Gladstone Boulevard south toward St. John Avenue, you will come across a historic landmark known as the The Colonnade. It was built in 1908 and designed by Henry Wright, an urban planner who wanted to map communities around “largely undeveloped, wild or agricultural land surrounding or adjoining urban areas”.

These spaces were known as the Garden Cities and may have inspired current plans for the South Loop Park project, which would cover a stretch of Interstate 670 from Wyandotte Street to Grand Boulevard with trees and grass.

As for the Colonnade, the structure was built in the Beaux-Arts style of architecture, known for its special emphasis on symmetry, classical detailing, stonework, statues and fountains and the long corridors supported by arches or arches.

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