Women's History Month - Nelle Peters

Nelle Peters, early 1920’s, (Photo: Jackson County Historical Society Archives)

Nelle Peters, early 1920’s, (Photo: Jackson County Historical Society Archives)

This month we honor the women who came before us, women you have gotten uncomfortable, who have gone against the grain and have stood up for what they believed they couldn’t find success in.

We would like to highlight one of the amazing women in our city which has inspired the Nelle brand: Nelle Peters. Guest writer Kathryn Evans, Director of Development at Amethyst Place, is an advocate for strong women in Kansas City. She shared an amazing story about our beautiful muse in honor of Women’s Month while digging through old building documents and we couldn’t resist a good powerful woman story to inspire you with!

“When Nelle Peters came to Kansas City to pursue a career in architecture, she was one of only a few women in a field dominated by men. After working as an apprentice at a large firm for four years in the early 1900s, she left to open her own independent practice. Eventually, Nelle became one of the most successful and prolific architects in Kansas City’s history. She designed many hotels, office buildings, and apartment complexes around Kansas City.

Her legacy lives on in an especially meaningful way for the women of Amethyst Place, a recovery housing program located in buildings that Nelle designed on the 2700 Block of Troost Avenue. Most of the women who come to Amethyst Place have experienced a lifetime of poverty, homelessness, substance use, domestic violence, and other difficulties. When they arrive at Amethyst Place, they are offered a beautiful apartment where they can live with their children while they receive treatment and trauma therapy, develop essential life skills, and build the self-esteem necessary to pursue their goals in life. Their stories, along with the story of Nelle Peters, reminds us that throughout history women have overcome significant odds to achieve their dreams. This Women’s History Month, we honor them!”

- Kathryn Evans, Director of Development, Amethyst Place

Apartments in the 2700 block of Troost designed by Nelle Peters (Photo:  Building Age and National Builder , November 1924, Volume 46, Page 96)

Apartments in the 2700 block of Troost designed by Nelle Peters (Photo: Building Age and National Builder, November 1924, Volume 46, Page 96)

Thank you to all the strong women in our lives that we lift up and support each and every day.

Amethyst Place clients in front of the apartment complex designed by Nelle Peters (Photo: Amethyst Place, 2015)

Amethyst Place clients in front of the apartment complex designed by Nelle Peters (Photo: Amethyst Place, 2015)

More information on Amethyst Place can be found via their website at http://www.amethystplace.org/ or please contact Kathryn Evans at kathryn@amethystplace.org.

Sierra Miramontez