Katie’s relish for and appreciation of historic places stems from a love of good design and strong conservationist sensibilities. After receiving her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Graphic Design at Kansas State University, a move to Minneapolis showed her how great cities can be. She returned to Kansas City with a desire to advocate for mass transit, pedestrian infrastructure, and urban renewal. Buying a century-old house in the Historic Northeast sealed her fate as an old house lover and preservationist as she experienced first hand the unparalleled quality of design and meticulous craftsmanship of historic buildings.
Favorite Historic Building
I have a very long “Buildings to Visit” Bucket List. Fallingwater is my favorite so far. When I first learned about Frank Lloyd Wright in middle school, I knew I had to visit the house built *ON* the waterfall one day. It was spectacular!
Locally, the Imperial Brewery Building and Sauer Castle are at the top of my “If I ever win the lottery, I’m going to save it” list (which is also very long).
I am a Preservationist because…
They don’t build them like they used to, and the greenest building is the one that’s already been built. I love dense, walkable, urban development neighborhoods, and those are often found in the oldest parts of cities. There is a comfort and a coziness in older buildings that just can’t be replicated with new construction.