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HistoricLoose Mansion--3rd Floor Ballroom

Jacob Loose, a transplant from Pennsylvania, came to the midwest, first to Chetopa KS, (in southeast Kansas, near Oklahoma) and operated a store.


Later, in Kansas City, he and business partner John Wiles formed Loose-WIles Biscuit Company, and made a fortune. Marketed as Sunshine Biscuits, the business boomed.


The factory in NYC was envisioned as full of sunshine, and is said to have 1,000 windows:


After Mr. Loose died in 1923, his wife was instrumental in giving the land for Loose Park, in Kansas City.


She moved to Wash. DC's Mayflower Hotel until they once mistakenly served a craker or biscuit from a competitor! She moved out.


Their Kansas City mansion, at Armour Blvd, between Main and Walnut, has 15,000 square feet, and very high ceilings. Even the carriage house has as many square foot as many ordinary homes. It has been restored and is in busy use as an event space for weddings and other events.


I was privilege to play music for a wedding reception in the 3rd floor ballroom, and we had a lot of fun.

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Taken on June 30, 2012