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Where Did the Name for the Lillis Building Come From?
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TitleWhere Did the Name for the Lillis Building Come From?
AbstractThe name came from James F. Lillis, Sr., who bought the 10-story building on Petticoat Lane (11th Street between Main and Walnut streets) from the Kansas City Boys Home in 1927. Lillis became the new name in 1960. Charles Henry Sharp financed construction and used his name for the original title in 1910. Distinctive "Chicago School" architecture and fireproof qualities made it a classic. Major renovations, including the addition of automated elevators and air conditioning, were completed in the 1950s. Downtown redevelopment projects eventually threatened the building. Attempts to declare it a historical landmark failed in 1986.
DateNovember 10, 1996
SourceThe Kansas City Star
LocationMicrofilm
Local SubjectBuildings
Lillis Building
IllustrationsNo
Item TypeNewspaper Article
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Item ID96316
CONTENTdm number21255
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