Waldo is a diverse neighborhood in southern Kansas City. Once the southern extent of the streetcar, Waldo doesn’t play by the rules of City Beautiful urban planning, but has flourished nonetheless. The major commercial and industrial corridor along Wornall Road is immediately flanked by established neighborhoods of single-family bungalows and shotgun homes. In this “anything goes” neighborhood exist opportunities for typological experimentation and architectural innovation.The Waldo Duplex was designed and built by the architect to be a solution to a significant, if unexpected problem in Metropolitan Kansas City.
Jury Notes: Rural vernacular at its apex. The architects started with an efficient diagram and that efficiency remained through to detailing. A noble pursuit for affordable architecture, this housing typology uses its resources wisely and is proof that a modest budget can yield remarkable results.