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Westwood Hills Historic District

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Westwood Hills (Johnson County)
Listed in National Register Dec 4, 2013

Architect: Multiple. See nomination.
Area of Significance: domestic; commerce
Architectural Style(s): Bungalow/Craftsman; Colonial Revival; Italian Renaissance; Tudor Revival

The Westwood Hills Historic District comprises the entire city of Westwood Hills in Johnson County, Kansas. The J. C. Nichols Company platted the Westwood Hills subdivision in 1923 and established the Westwood Hills Homes Association in 1926. Twenty years later, residents successfully petitioned the Board of County Commissioners to be recognized as an independent city. The City of Westwood Hills officially incorporated on July 1, 1949. The district is an excellent, intact example of the residential design concepts that prominent local developer J. C. Nichols employed in his many successful subdivisions in both Missouri and Kansas. Westwood Hills was the first subdivision Nichols developed in Kansas using these concepts. The district retains excellent examples of architect-designed dwellings that express the variety of formal and vernacular styles popular in the area during the period of significance. It also encompasses an entire municipality that was involved in the mid-century trend of incorporating as a city in order to retain its own identity as Johnson County developed. The 255 resources reflect the development history of the neighborhood as it evolved from pastureland to a residential subdivision to its own self-contained city. It was nominated for its local significance in the areas of community planning and architecture.

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