In 2008, Mid-Continent Public Library purchased a unique piece of property in the Shoal Creek area of Kansas City from the Crouch Family. This 33-acre property became the site of what is today the Woodneath Library Center. On this property resides a historic home that is the only site in northern Kansas City designated as a landmark on the city, county, state, and federal registers. Listed in 1978 on the National Register of Historic Places, the home is a Greek Revival-style farmhouse built in 1855-56 and is known officially as the Elbridge Arnold Homestead or the Edwin Y. Crouch Residence.
Following the opening of the Woodneath Library Center in 2013, and funded through private support from individuals, foundations, and a National Endowment for the Humanities Challenge Grant, the Library embarked on the second phase of redevelopment in 2018 with the support of the Crouch Family: the multi-year adaptive reuse of the historic homestead. The project was completed in November 2021.
As a result of the work of Pishny Renovation Services, an award-winning historic restoration and preservation contractor located in Lenexa, Kansas, unique spaces such as the Crouch Family Reading Room, a conference room, and other programming rooms make the home an ideal location for the humanities-based Story Center and a place where storytelling in all forms flourishes.
In the coming years, the Library plans to develop specific projects intended to explore and understand the history of Woodneath.
If you would like to learn more about plans, please contact Mark Livengood, Story Center Director at email@example.com or (816) 883-4793.
The project is funded through private support from individuals and foundations and a National Endowment for the Humanities Challenge Grant.