The homes in the Art District were developed by William Rockhill Nelson and is known as the Rockhill neighborhood. He established the Kansas City Star newspaper and was also interested in urban development. Nelson's name is of note on the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art. The Rockhill neighborhood, established in 1906, was the first neighborhood to be listed on both the National Register of the states list of Historical Sites and the Kansas City Historical Society. Most of the homes were made from a local limestone quarry.