“The Stone House” is Up for Auction!

If you’ve driven through Brookside in the last hundred or so years, you’ve seen it. If you’ve strolled through the popular Brookside Art Fair you’ve probably paused to admire
it. If you’ve shopped, dined or gallery-hoped in Brookside, you’ve undoubtedly at least noticed it. Resolutely anchoring the corner of Wornall and 63rd since 1920, it’s the
landmark Brookside home known as “The Stone House.”

It’s certainly easy to see where the property’s name came from. The impressive stone structure with its matching wall and carriage house is a head-turner, even in Brookside
which is known for streets lined with charming and unique homes. It was built by Dr. Charles Ozias, an early cancer researcher, to serve as both his private residence and his
medical office. The entry porch on the east served as the patient entrance. What is now the living room was originally the waiting room, while Dr. Ozias saw patients in what
is now the adjoining den.

The carriage house, now a two-story garage with screened porch, has served a variety of purposes over the years. It was originally maid’s quarters and later became temporary
home for extended family. Interestingly, the original homing pigeon boxes on the second floor are still intact.

At the time of construction, 63rd Street was still a gravel road and those quintessential Brookside shops, restaurants and galleries were yet to be dreamed of. It was solidly
built of concrete with stone from a Carthage, MO quarry at a cost of $10,000. The large home had many significant features for its time including a bathroom on each floor (4),
an English walk-out basement, a dumb waiter, a greenhouse, and even a top-floor ballroom.

The Harline family (American Associated Wholesale Grocers) bought the house in 1931 and owned it into the 1980’s. The next significant chapter in the home’s history came when
its present owner, Janice Kinney, purchased it in 2000. She lived in Brookside at the time and had admired it for several years, thinking what a wonderful bed and breakfast it
would make. In 2002, after significant updates and renovations she opened “The Stone House B&B” which operated successfully through 2008.

With other opportunities demanding her attention, and having returned the home to a single-family residence, Janice has chosen auction to expedite the sale. “This is a
wonderful home and Brookside has so much to offer,” she says. “Many people have admired the home over the years and I believe auction is the best way to offer it to the

On the advice of her Realtor and friends experienced with real estate auctions, Janice chose Cates Auction & Realty to handle the marketing and sale. Cates vice president,
Greg Duncan, is enjoying working with Janice. “She has been a great caretaker of this historic home, preserving its character and charm while bringing it up to current
standards. It is ready for a new chapter.” The new owners will appreciate enhancements such as the enlarged master bath (with fireplace), the private third floor suite (former
ballroom), and the cozy screened porch added to the carriage house/garage.

Cates president and chief auctioneer, Jeff Cates, says his staff is working hard to get the word out about the auction. “I’m amazed how many people know about and appreciate
this house. We’re seeing good response to the auction advertising.” He adds that several of the Brookside business owners are even helping by putting materials about the
auction in their shops and restaurants. Jadore, The Blue Grotto, The Brookside Business Center and Shop Girls all have signs on display with QR codes that load the webpage for
the auction.

The home will be sold to the highest acceptable bidder at an on-site auction Friday, February 1, 2013, at 10:00 A.M. Registration opens at 9:00 A.M.
Cates Auction has a number of opportunities for buyers interested in this home. Detailed information, a photo gallery, video, auction terms, documents and a “Property
Information Package” are available at www.CatesAuction.com. Full brochures are available in information boxes on the east and south sides of the property. Additionally, Cates staff will be hosting open house events Sundays, January 20th and 27th from 2:00 to 4:00 P.M. Potential bidders may also contact the company at 816-781-1134 or

Duncan sums it up this way, “When you have a home this special, in a place as unique and desirable as Brookside, everyone wants to see new owners who will enjoy it and who
will contribute to the local area the way Janice has. This auction is a truly unique opportunity!”

Sign up for weekly Auction Updates!


The Cates Auction staff were delightful to work with, very thorough and efficient. We highly recommend the auction process for anyone who wants to sell their home “as-is”, and for whom liquidating years of accumulated personal property is overwhelming. Thanks again for a great job!
Rick & Susan Nichols
We are Kansas City's oldest and most experienced real estate auction company specializing in accelerated real estate sales in Missouri and Kansas, including Overland Park, Lenexa, Shawnee, Leawood, Kansas City, Lee's Summit, Olathe, Blue Springs, Independence, Liberty, Kearney, Parkville, Smithville, Gladstone, Clay County, Platte County, Jackson County, Johnson County, Wyandotte County, Leavenworth County, Cass County, Lake of the Ozarks, Lake Ozark, Sunrise Beach, Osage Beach, Four Seasons, Shawnee Bend, Miller County, Camden County, and around the Midwest. Kansas City auctioneers with regional expertise!