They Built Kansas City: Nelle Elizabeth Peters

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Women in Architecture

The women architects who helped shape Kansas City neighborhoods and beyond are the subject of the second season of They Built Kansas City, a series examining the work of architects responsible for some of the city’s most recognizable structures.

All programs in the series begin at 2 p.m. in the Truman Forum at the Plaza Branch, 4801 Main St.

On Sunday, June 7, Nancy Powell discusses the work of Nelle Elizabeth Peters.

Peters completed nearly 1,000 buildings during her 60-year career. In 1913 she formed a partnership with the Philips Building Company owned by Charles E. Philips. During this period she designed dozens of apartments for Philips, including the “literary group” – the Robert Louis Stevenson, Eugene Field, Mark Twain, Washington Irving, Thomas Carlyle, James Russell Lowell, and Robert Browning buildings, all located on the Country Club Plaza.

In 1924, Peters designed the Ambassador Hotel, which was the largest hotel in Kansas City at that time. Peters died in 1974 at the age of 90.

They Built Kansas City: Nelle Elizabeth Peters

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