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New York Life Building
New York Life Building
TitleNew York Life Building
DescriptionPostcard of the New York Life Building
Historical ArticleMcKim, Mead & White's New York Life Building with its golden eagle was built between 1887 and 1890. The sturdy structure has been well maintained and now boasts four new elevators and central air-conditioning.

Its location on 9th at the foot of Baltimore remains as convenient today as when it was erected, just one block west of the old Junction, the hub of Kansas City.

At the time the building was completed Kansas City's business district contained only a dozen square blocks and the New York Life, with its 10 stories, was the tallest in the city. Baltimore was still an unfinished street, with tall cliffs on both sides from 9th to 11th.

On the street level of the building was the Union National Bank. The bank was founded by David Beals in 1887. The 1902 city directory shows officers of the bank to be: D. T. Beals, president; F. P. Neal, vice-president; W. H. Seeger, second vice-president; and C. H. Lewis, cashier.

At left the Hotel Cosby is pictured, its entrance being on 9th. J. D. Cosby was proprietor.

On the right side of the street on the corner the small 2-story building with an over-hanging gallery, reminiscent of New Orleans architecture, bears the sign of Calvin W. Morton. His Senate Saloon was at 905 Baltimore. Records show Morton also maintained offices in the New York Life Building and lived at 1500 Oak. He was also the manager of the Wall Street Whist Club at 809 Wall, a street no longer in existence.

This post card was published by Webb-Freyschlag Mercantile Company of Kansas City and was made in Germany.

Kansas City Star
September 11, 1971

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