Tiffany Castle

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Tiffany Castle
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TypeResidence
Coordinates 39°6′49.7622″N94°33′27.5472″W / 39.113822833°N 94.557652000°W / 39.113822833; -94.557652000
Area4,200 sq ft
Elevation992 ft [1]
Built1909
Built forFlavel B. Tiffany
Original useResidence
Current useResidence
ArchitectClifton C. Sloan [2]
Architectural style(s) Tudor architecture
Website facebook.com/tiffanycastlekc/

Tiffany Castle is a landmark home in the historic Pendleton Heights neighborhood in Kansas City, Jackson County, Missouri, United States. It was built in 1909 as the home of Flavel B. Tiffany, who later founded the Tiffany Springs neighborhood of Kansas City. The Tudor architecture castle sits on the bluffs overlooking the East Bottoms and the Missouri River below, and can be seen for miles.

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History

Tiffany Castle is named after its builder and first owner, Dr. Flavel B. Tiffany. He was one of the first and most prolific ophthalmologists of Kansas City, living on Millionaire Row [3] on Troost Avenue. [4] He had traveled England and Scotland, and loved the Tudor architecture of castles, so he wanted to build one of his own at 100 Garfield Ave in Kansas City. Its floors and roof are made of reinforced concrete, with walls of solid stone from a quarry at 2nd and Lydia. [3] It was completed in 1908, at 4,200 square feet, at a cost of US$75,000(equivalent to $2,134,167 in 2019). [2] The home has been sold eight times since, most recently listed for US$600,000, [5] and is part of the neighborhood's tradition of historical Christmas tours. [6]

Tiffany's major real estate endeavor was founding the town of Tiffany Springs, which he intended to become a major spa resort to rival the successful Excelsior Springs, Missouri. In the late 1880s, he bought 1,100 acres in central Platte County which includes an Artesian aquifer. His plans were not substantially realized, so the city of Kansas City eventually annexed most of this land, much of which became the Kansas City International Airport. [2] Tiffany Springs is now a neighborhood of Kansas City.

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References

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  5. "Tiffany Castle on the market for those looking to live a fairy tale". January 8, 2015.
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