. . . the building and the webpage.
rafter e studio is a new art
studio and gallery located in an old building--107 years old. According to local legend, the building at 4501 Fairmount Avenue
was built in 1905 as a neighborhood grocery store. The picture above is from a tax assessor photograph, circa 1940. (Circa
1940's photographs of nearly all KCMO properties can be found in the Missouri Valley Special Collections at Kansas City's downtown Central Library.)
The building has had a number of other uses
over the past century, as well as a number of remodelings. It's been a wide variety of things: a church, an aquarium and fish
store, a woodworking shop and a cabinetry sales office. The picture above shows it as it currently stands. You'll note that
the grocery store awning and the building's "false front" disappeared (just like most small neighborhood grocery
The building is now undergoing its 2012
renovation, with plans to be open in early 2013. Check back to see progress, and find out more about us using
the links to the left!