Shelton Marshall Residence

An inventive use of topography to create privacy, containment and engagement with the surrounding landscape

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The Shelton Marshall Residence is built into a sloping site in Kansas City’s Westside neighborhood. The house’s U-shaped plan encloses terraced gardens and a sunken entry courtyard. The courtyard allows natural light into each wing of the house and provides natural ventilation to every room. On the house’s west facade, a covered porch hovers off of the limestone bluff twenty feet above street level. It overlooks the Westside tree tops and the steep incline of Madison Avenue. The main entrance to the house is from the alleyway, which is roughly level with the rooftop. The roof boasts an even better view than the porch. It will be planted and enclosed by a guardrail. The house was designed for maximum energy efficiency with solar screening, a super-insulated building envelope, in-line water heating, reclaimed lumber siding, and radiant floor heating.
  • 2014
  • Architect
  • Kansas City, MO
  • 2,750 SF / 0.18 Acre site


  • Josh Shelton, AIA

Eldo Team

  • Principal: Josh Shelton, AIA

  • Project Manager: Steve Salzer, AIA

  • Fabricator: Chris Burk; Matt Fenton

  • Designer: Gavin Snyder


  • Contractor: Kelley Construction

  • Structural Engineer: Bob D Campbell & Associates

  • MEP Engineer: PKMR

  • General and Finish Carpenter: Kelley Construction


  • 2017 ARCHITECT Magazine: Residential Architect Design Award (RADA) - Custom House Less Than 3,000 Square Feet Citation Award
  • 2016 AIA Central States Region Design Awards - Merit Award for Excellence in Architecture
  • 2016 AIA Kansas City Design Excellence Awards - Architecture Small, Merit Award


Photography by

  • Mike Sinclair


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