House & Home

First modern home in KC built for the masses

The front of the home looks a lot like it did 65 years ago, with the exception of the mature trees and concrete and slate chip path. It was the first home that Drummond built in a modern style for the masses in KC. Previous homes had been custom built.
The front of the home looks a lot like it did 65 years ago, with the exception of the mature trees and concrete and slate chip path. It was the first home that Drummond built in a modern style for the masses in KC. Previous homes had been custom built. Special to The Star

Location: Prairie Village

Details: 2,100 square feet, 3 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, living room, media room, dining room, kitchen (additional 300 square foot, partially finished basement)

Current owner: Jerad and Jessica Foster

Architectural notes: This is one of nine Drummond/Runnels homes on Roe Circle. The Fosters bought it in 2012, after remodeling another Drummond home on Roe.

This was a spec home. Foster says it was the first modern home in the Kansas City area built for the masses by Drummond. It was designated a Revere Quality House in 1950 after meeting several criteria, and was featured in such esteemed publications as Architectural Record in 1950 and Life in 1951.

Jerad, who studied architecture at Kansas State University and co-founded Studio Build, spent a year tearing the home down to its studs, lifting it to install a basement beneath the foundation, then doubling its original 1,200-square-foot space by designing and building a mirror image extension onto the rear of the home. Two years ago, he and Jessica moved in with their two children, Lincoln, 4, and Nora, 2.

The kitchen features a 12-foot island with white quartz counter top, and Studio Build custom cabinetry.

The Fosters have decorated the home with a combination of vintage, contemporary and Studio Build custom furniture. Midcentury furniture includes Bertoia wire chairs, an Eero Saarinen womb chair and Dux sofa.

Foster has always been drawn to midcentury architecture, and that appreciation grew when he was studying architecture.

“What’s unique (about this house) is that it’s a split level instead of a big ranch,” he says. “I love having the large patio off the kitchen and how simple the layout is: the kitchen and dining on one level, living on another level and the bedrooms on the third level. From a design standpoint it’s very straightforward. It’s very simple and pure.”

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