In the early days of Alpha Delta Kappa, organization business was conducted in the home of Marie Neal, one of our Founders. In 1956, the first Headquarters building was purchased at 6339 Main in Kansas City, Missouri. The purchase was financed by members purchasing debentures issued by the Alpha Delta Kappa Housing Corporation. The mortgage was retired in less than two years.
By the fall of 1963, the first Headquarters had become inadequate for the staffing and storage needs of our rapidly growing organization. A new Housing Corporation was formed and the lot at 1615 West 92nd Street was purchased for $36,000 and plans were made for a beautiful new Headquarters, designed by local architect Harry Almond. In 1965, the building was completed debt-free, thanks to the 1963 International Convention delegates who voted to finance the construction by having each chapter be responsible for a $6 per member fee.
In 1973 the International Convention delegates voted to finance an expansion to provide for bi-level parking, construction of the present Board Room and conversion of storage space to office space. Each chapter assumed responsibility for an $8 per member fee and the expansion was completed debt-free in 1975. With this small bit of background, you can see that at three different times an out-pouring of love made the dream of building a beautiful Headquarters for Alpha Delta Kappa a reality.
As the structure was built by love so was it furnished. As you tour the building you will learn that many of the beautiful pieces of furniture and works of art were given in love as a tribute to many of our members and leaders.
The red brick northern colonial style of the Headquarters building incorporates nearly 10,000 square feet of office and storage space in its split-level design. Wide shutters, graceful pediments and ornamental iron, forged by the same iron studio that produced the iron work on most of Kansas City's finest mansions, add visual interest to the rather straight-line design. New landscaping was added in 1997, with careful attention given to maintaining the small crabapple tree planted in the front lawn in 1987 as a memorial to Founder and Executive Director Emeritus Agnes Shipman Robertson following her death. The wonderful sign in front of the building was also a tribute to Agnes. It was designed by architect Donald Parrish and purchased by members of the South Central Region.