Jesse Clyde (J.C.) Nichols

Stone School
Class of 1897

(Aug. 23, 1880 — Feb. 16, 1950)

He was a prominent commercial and residential real estate developer in Kansas City and his projects included the first suburban shopping center in the nation – the Country Club Plaza. He also served on the National Capital Park and Planning Commission, having been appointed by U.S. presidents Calvin Coolidge, Herbert Hoover and Franklin Roosevelt.

(Photo courtesy of the film “Community Builder: The Life & Legacy of J.C. Nichols”)