Awards of Excellence:
H. W. Gates Funeral Home

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Built: 1922 | Year Saved: N/A
Historic Designation: National Register of Historic Places (July 6, 2010)
Contributor: Kansas Preservation Alliance

The H.W. Gates Funeral Home was built in the Neoclassical style from a design by the Kansas City architect Fred S. Wilson for local undertakers Horatio and Mary Gates. The Neoclassical style was popular for buildings of this function for various reasons: to convey business importance in community; the single-family building form evoked an air of domesticity and comfort for grieving families; and the large size accommodated both the business needs of the funeral parlor, as well as living quarters for the undertaker’s family. This was the third home of the H.W. Gates Funeral Home, a family business run by three generations of the Gates family for nearly a century.

Constructed in 1922 and listed in the National Register of Historic Places, this former funeral home was adapted for use as offices by Helix Architecture along with Rosin Preservation, LLC, Lankford & Associates, Village Engineers and McCownGordon Construction. The Neoclassical building is located just one block west of the University of Kansas Medical Center.

Photo: H.W. Gates Funeral Home. (2021, November 4). In Wikipedia.

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