The Oak Street Mansion is in the middle of Kansas City’s culturally rich Southmoreland Historic District. The seeds of this leafy residential quarter were sown in 1886 when Kansas City Star publisher William Rockhill Nelson purchased almost 30 acres of land at 44th Street, between Oak Street and Rockhill Road. He constructed his palatial residence, “Oak Hall,” on the site now occupied by the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art. Between 1904 and 1914, wealthy professionals moved in, hired famous architects and built elegant mansions along winding streets. Most of the homes in Southmoreland are still residential one- or two-family dwellings.

Surrounding attractions include The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, The Kansas City Art Institute, Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, Mill Creek Park, The Country Club Plaza, Ewing and Muriel Kauffman Memorial Garden, Loose Park, University of Missouri – Kansas City, Linda Hall Library, Crossroads Arts District, Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, Union Station Kansas City, Liberty Memorial and Crown Center.

Illustrated map by Niel Nakahodo, The Kansas City Star. Click the map for a larger view.

Some of our favorite restaurants are located close-by in The Plaza, Westport and Crossroads areas of Kansas City, including: