Requiem for the National Suburbia Museum in Johnson County

  • Sabrina Staires
  • This old building won’t become an homage to the suburbs.

The most prominent obituary in Tuesday’s Kansas City Star was written by Steve Rose. It announced the death of the National Museum of Suburbia idea in Overland Park.

Rose reported on comments made by Ed Eilert, chairman of the Johnson County Board of Commissioners, who said at a budget hearing recently that the expensive idea to build a monument to the suburbs at the old King Louie West building (right in the middle of a suburb) needed to be “off the table.”

Eilert stopped just short of saying that to The Pitch a little more than a month ago, when the paper was trying to figure out why Johnson County bought King Louie (8788 Metcalf in Overland Park) in 2011, and why it thought building a National Museum of Suburbia was a good idea.

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