Showhouse 54

54th Symphony Designers’ Showhouse

The Kansas City Symphony Alliance is delighted to announce that it has selected a stately historic home for its 54th Symphony Designers’ Showhouse fundraiser, open to the public April 27 through May 19, 2024.

The three-story, 4,176 square foot, 5-bedroom house is located at 1100 Valentine Road in the Roanoke Historic District, one of Kansas City’s oldest and first officially planned suburbs. The house features more than 20 design spaces.

Tickets are now on sale online and will go on sale in the spring at local outlets.

As always, all proceeds go to support our Kansas City Symphony.

We look forward to welcoming you to the 2024 Kansas City Symphony Designers’ Showhouse!

Mike Minor & Peggy Jacobson, KCSA Symphony Designers’ Showhouse VP/Co-Chairs

About the 54th Symphony Designers’ Showhouse
Designed by prominent architect George Matthews and built circa 1900, the heavy, rough-hewn limestone exterior complements its wooded setting on the graceful curve of Valentine Road on a bluff overlooking Roanoke Park. Its rustic elements can be seen in the steeply pitched roof and arched radiating voussoirs (wedge-shaped stone used in the arches) above the windows.

Of note, one of its former occupants was the renowned artist Thomas Hart Benton, who rented the house from 1936 to 1939 before purchasing a home nearby. Benton and his wife hosted famed artists Grant Wood, John Steuart Curry and Jackson Pollock, among others.

New homeowners are Brian Cahill and Mindy Goodman, who recently purchased the property from Rhonda and Scott Burnett, retired 1st District Jackson County legislator. The Burnetts occupied the house for 30 years.

About the Kansas City Symphony Designers’ Showhouse

Each year since 1970, a Kansas City landmark residence is chosen as the Symphony Designers’ Showhouse. The homeowners move out and a public preview of the “undecorated” home is held. Local designers are selected to transform each room of the home into a design showplace. The “finished” Showhouse is open to the public. Tickets are sold online, through outlets and through KCSA members. The Showhouse is available for private parties during the time the Showhouse is open to the public. The project has been recognized many times by the League of American Orchestras with Gold Book Awards for quality and innovation. All proceeds benefit the Kansas City Symphony.