At the center of the exhibit is a hand painted Country Club District Map from the J. C. Nichols Company. The illustrated map was created in 1930 by an architect of the company, Earl Willson Allen (1908-1961). Visitors to the gallery who worked or conducted business in the J. C. Nichols Company offices at 310 Ward Parkway will likely remember its grand presence and unique detail. The map is on display thanks to a generous loan from The State Historical Society of Missouri.
The exhibit also features a panel display featuring the iconic Kansas City designs of Hare and Hare, a landscape architecture firm that worked closely with J. C. Nichols. The father and son team of Sid Hare and Herbert Hare helped shaped our City with design concepts for the Country Club Plaza, The Nelson-Atkins Museum, and surrounding residential areas including Mission Hills. The panel display is a generous loan from the Kansas City Public Library.
A video of Meet the Past, created by Kansas City Public Library, features Library Director, Crosby Kemper III interviewing J. C. Nichols, as played by author and historian, William S. Worley.