Thursday, March 20, 2014

Look Inside Nelly Don House Now For Sale!!!


According to the world's most accurate encyclopedia, Nell Donnelly Reed (March 6, 1889 – September 8, 1991) was an American fashion designer and businesswoman, famous for her house dresses, who founded the Nelly Don brand right here in Kansas City, Missouri.



Now her house is up for sale . . .



Here's a nice overview from our favorite Kansas City real estate agent blogger.

Historic Nelly Don Mansion Is For Sale – My Pick of The Week

Even better, check the full listing and gallery of pix.



There's a great deal of history in this house which explains the $2 Million+ asking price . . . TKC FACT . . . If there are any high-rollers out there who want to bargain for this mansion, don't forget to mention that residing within the Kansas City Public School District should make for a discount of at least a few hundred grand. Natch.

8 Comments:

Anonymous said...

That old whore, had herself some pretty nice digs...

Anonymous said...

lolz

Anonymous said...

Nice place, I'd be interested in it but to close to the niggers for me.

Westport Trucky said...

This is more interesting than the house.

Nell Donnelly and her chauffeur, George Blair, were kidnapped on December 16, 1931. Donnelly had become famous after her 1916 founding of the Donnelly Garment Company, which sold stylish but affordable dresses for daily wear by ordinary women. Backed by the sales of “Nelly Don’s,” as the dresses became known, the company grew into a multi-million dollar business with over 1,000 employees in the 1920s.

Donnelly’s financial success made her a target for kidnappers hoping to garner a large ransom. During the turmoil of the Great Depression, kidnappings of wealthy individuals and their loved ones were relatively common. Within two years of Donnelly’s kidnapping, Mary McElroy (the daughter of city manager Henry McElroy) and Charles Lindbergh, Jr. (the son of famed aviator Charles Lindbergh) were prominent kidnap victims.

Donnelly’s kidnappers threatened to blind her and kill the chauffeur if Paul Donnelly, her husband, contacted the police or failed to pay a $75,000 ransom. Fortunately, her husband called upon James A. Reed, a distinguished Democratic politician whose connections with Kansas City boss Tom Pendergast helped him to become Jackson County attorney, Kansas City mayor, and a three-term U.S. senator. Reed convinced John Lazia, a local mobster also connected with Pendergast, to organize an extra-legal search for the perpetrators. Lazia’s underworld operatives located and freed Donnelly and her chauffer just two days after their kidnapping, and the police later located and arrested the kidnappers.

Within a year of her kidnapping, she divorced Paul Donnelly and purchased his share of the dress company for one million dollars. One of the factors in the divorce was the fact that the biological father of Nell Donnelly’s son, David, was not Paul Donnelly, but James Reed. Reed’s efforts to secure Donnelly’s release in December had not been the act of a benevolent stranger after all. She married James Reed on December 13, 1933, nearly two years to the day after he facilitated her rescue. Nell Donnelly Reed reportedly lived a full and happy life until her death in 1991, while Paul Donnelly committed suicide in 1934 after marrying someone half his age and spending his entire fortune.

Anonymous said...

In 20 years nobody will give a shit. Tell that to TKC's favorite real estate agent.

Anonymous said...

Nobody gives a shit NOW! It's just a house. A BIG house but just a house. Nothing more.

MDLQ said...

Her company occupied space at The Corrigan Bldg. soon to be rehabbed for studio space.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the history lesson Westport Trucky. For once I didn't kill any brain cells reading TKC