Located at 1032 W. 55th St., Kansas City, Mo., and known as the Bent-Ward House, the three-story residence is one of the most prominent houses in Kansas City history. According to house historian Beverly Shaw, the farmland on which the house now stands was purchased by William W. Bent, a famous frontiersman, trader and fort builder, in 1858. After his death, his wife sold the land in 1871 to Seth Ward, a buffalo hunter and fur trapper. The front of the house was built from a design by architect Asa Beebe Cross.

Each of the home’s rooms, halls, gardens and even some of the closets have been decorated by a juried designer.

Our Contribution

Erica Kay Design was awarded the 2nd story staircase landing.

While climbing the Grand Staircase, you come upon a casual chic sitting area. The trendy patterns, vintage accessories and splashes of color add characteristics of old and new within this historic home. Potted plants and wood elements create a subtle organic feel throughout. As the warmth of the natural light comes through the large window, it adds a sense of coziness and livability to this space. Last but not least, the area rug plays a big role in this design by pulling the whole palette of the room together. A whimsical but sophisticated space that is quite perfect for many occasions, such as a great book and a glass of wine. Enjoy!


About the Symphony Showhouse

The Kansas City Symphony Alliance presents the 44th Symphony Designers’ Showhouse — the country’s longest-running, continuous, showhouse fundraising project.

The alliance sponsors the Symphony Designers’ Showhouse each year to raise money for the Kansas City Symphony and its youth programs. Every room in the house is decorated by designers from throughout the metro area.



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