How Did They Do That?

In 1922, the Harris-Kearney House was to be demolished in order to make way for Main Street improvements. Determined to save her childhood home, Julia Kearney Wornall and her friends raised the necessary funds, and hired Grant Renne & Sons to move the house from Westport Road and Main Street (where the Katz Drug Store building stands today), to its current location at 40th and Baltimore. This was no easy feat, since it is a two-story brick mansion, with a double level ell addition as large as the original house itself. One can’t help but ask, “How did they do that?”

This and other questions will be answered on September 14. Ross Renne, a 5th generation family member of Grant Renne & Sons, will come to the Westport Public Library at 2:00 pm and give a talk about this extraordinary event. Afterwards, a reception will be held at the 1855 Harris-Kearney House Museum.

The Westport Public Library is located at 118 Westport Road, in Kansas City, MO.

About Grant Renne and Sons Grant Renne & Sons has been an active participant in the growth and evolution of the greater Kansas City area. George N. Renne founded the business in 1873, and provided a solid base for its future growth. The company is most famous for installing the piers beneath the Chiefs’ and Royals’ stadiums at the Truman Sports Complex. Today, Grant Renne & Sons continues to provide quality work for all types of foundation problems. It is led by Grant U. Renne III, who is the great grandson of George N. Renne.

About the 1855 Harris-Kearney House Museum and the Westport Historical Society Located at 4000 Baltimore, in Kansas City, MO, the 1855 Harris-Kearney House is the oldest remaining residence in Kansas City. The house was built by the Harris family in 1855, and is now a museum owned and operated by the Westport Historical Society. The WHS was founded in 1956 to promote, preserve, and foster public interest in the significant history of Westport, Missouri, the Town of Kansas, and Missouri, as well as their founders.

The 1855 Harris-Kearney House Museum is open for tours Wednesday-Saturday, from 1-5pm. For more information, visit our website, Contact us at 816-561-1821,, or find us on Facebook.

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