Head over to Philbrook Museum of Art early, and find this public bequest from Phillips Oil family one of “The One Percent” crowd’s better gestures. (On the other hand: their wealth DID come from a “public at large”)
As mansions go, it falls somewhere between the comfortable intimacy of New York’s Frick, and an overblown ostentatious Hearst Castle in California.
Lovely gardens fall downhill from a main building where human-scale rooms allow its art to seem “personal” rather than “arranged” as is usually found in “dedicated” museums.
Again, a collection much influenced by depicting “The West”… both “native” and “adventurer”.
Then drive north along farmland evoking Nellie Forbush’s image “as corny as Kansas in August”, before pausing in “one street” Bronson for a short nap. Am impressed tho, at a grain storage building whose volume probably exceeds that of all Bronson’s commercial buildings.
By sunset, am settled into Kansas City… ready to discover whether “everything’s up-to-date”.