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City Hall
City Hall
TitleCity Hall
DescriptionPostcard of Kansas City's City Hall building at 5th and Main Streets
Historical ArticleThe imposing new city hall, on the east side of Main street, between Forth and Fifth streets, appears in this postcard much as it did when it came into service, October 24, 1892, with W. W. Cowherd as mayor.

The site was originally the slope of a ravine; its surface was 55 feet below the present surface of Fifth street. But the deep hollow had been filled through the years by dumping earth and rubbish into it.

The stone, brick and iron of the proposed hall would weight more than 55 million pounds, and therefore required a strong foundation. According to John W. Taylor of the pioneer family of brick manufacturers and contractors that emigrated from Oldham, England, and were responsible for much of Kansas City's early brick work, it was necessary to install 60 circular, sheet-metal caissons five feet in diameter to support the structure. These caissons were filled with vitrified brick and imported cement and extended into the ground as deep as 55 feet to bedrock.

Eighty years occupancy of the North End location ended in October, 1937, when the present 30-story, 5-million-dollar city hall was erected at Eleventh and Oak streets, and Bryce B. Smith, mayor, and H. F. McElroy, city manager, moved uptown. The old building was wrecked in late 1938 to provide additional space for the city market.

Kansas City Star
May 24, 1969

AuthorRay, Mrs. Sam (Mildred)
Item TypePostcard
CollectionMrs. Sam Ray Postcard Collection (SC58)
See finding aid: http://localhistory.kclibrary.org/u?/Local,36981
Local SubjectBuildings
City Market
City Hall (5th and Main)
Digital FormatJPEG
RepositoryMissouri Valley Special Collections, Kansas City Public Library, Kansas City, Missouri
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