CREDIT BONNIE BRAE ORG

Futuristic planners Saco DeBoer and Walter Pesman broke away from traditional street grid systems when designing Bonnie Brae (Gaelic for “Pleasant Hill”, a recreation of a similar Kansas City suburban plan.) The landscape architects developed a network of interlaced curvilinear streets, bisecting the 640-acre subdivision. The first homes were built in the neighborhood in 1923 but the Depression slowed progress until 1936 when Ellipse Park, the elliptically-shaped central park, was finally completed with an open play field and ornamental stone steps. Just short of 100 years later, pride in the storybook neighborhood is reflected in the groomed landscape and meticulously maintained yards.