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'Like an Earthquake'
February 20, 2013
Article reports on a large natural gas explosion in the Country Club Plaza that injured at least 16 people and destroyed the iconic JJ's Restaurant at 48th Street and Belleview Avenue. The force of the...
11 River Market Buildings Are Sold
December 22, 2004
Article with map illustration and photograph detailing the sale of buildings along Delaware Street in the River Market area. Eleven of the most historic buildings in the area are being sold for a reported...
146-Year-Old Platte City Building is in Peril
May 31, 2013
Brief article states that the historic building on the corner of Third and Ferrel Streets in Platte City may need to be demolished following the collapse of half of its north wall. The author states that...
1922 Getting It Done 1923
January 14, 1923
Photos and captions about the construction of the Kansas City Athletic Club building, showing its steel skeleton and at near completion.
October 29, 1977
"Kansas City applied to the federal government yesterday for an advance of $500,000 on a total of $1,354,711 in damages to city facilities in the flood Sept. 12. The application to the Federal Disaster...
200 Mothers and Babies of the Hot City to Be Guests at R. A. Long's Million-Dollar Farm
Article with several illustrations and descriptions of the buildings and grounds under construction in a project "to combine philanthropy with farming," including a water tower and workers' cottages, a...
26 Schools Will Close
March 11, 2010
On March 10, 2010, the Kansas City school board voted 5-4 to close 26 schools as recommended by new superintendent John Covington in his "Right Sizing Plan." The closings will reduce the number of school...
40-Year-Old Skyscraper Goes On the Market in KC
February 24, 2005
The Commerce Tower is for sale. The 30-story building downtown is 40 years old and has 540,000 square feet. It is currently owned by Tower Properties Co. and no asking price is listed. Current tenants...
A $20,000 Blaze
Article describing the fire burning down the Union Depot and three nearby buildings, killing one man. Fire occurring at 3:00 am, September 22, 1875.
A Big Honor for BNIM
December 17, 2010
The American Institute of Architects named the Kansas City architectural firm of BNIM as firm of the year for 2011, “the group’s highest honor given to a company.” “Recognized for its distinguished...
A Cinematic Gem
December 8, 2013
Article focuses upon the history of the Plaza Grill & Cinema in Ottawa, Kansas. The theater's owner, Rita (Peach) Madl, is interviewed. Madl describes the process by which she discovered that the Plaza...
A City of Glass
Article provides information on the glass in the new Sprint Center as well as other buildings downtown which contain a lot of glass. For the Sprint Center the following information is provided: 2,204 panels...
A Dream of What Might Be When Kansas City Acquires "Signboard" Hill [and] What Will Happen if "Signboard" Hill Is Allowed to Continue
Large illustrations of potential developments on Signboard Hill (later the site of the Crown Center mixed use complex) across Main Street from Liberty Memorial and Penn Valley Park. First illustration...
A Façade Is Altered
Photo and text about the new 2-story building for the printing business at 1108 Oak Street, originally established in 1898.
A Fines Mess
Article describes a city attorney's battle with absentee owners of the Professional Building at 1103 Grand. The building, which has been vacant since 1991, is in violation of city codes due to its disrepair....
A Grand Centennial for a Grand Church
February 7, 2012
The Grand Avenue Temple United Methodist Church (205 E. 9th St., southeast corner of 9th Street and Grand Boulevard) was completed February 1912. It is the second church building that the United Methodist...
A Hero In Education
July 2, 2006
Featured obituary for Russell Jones who was first superintendent of the reorganized Park Hill School District, from 1946 to 1969. He died June 26, 2006, at age 93. "He guided the district through two decades...
A Home for Artists Planned Downtown
October 9, 2013
Article reports on a proposal from a Minneapolis developer, Sherman Associates, to renovate the historic Scarritt Building (818 Grand Blvd) into an afforable living and work space for local artists. The...
A Landmark Dies Hard: Razing of Old Junior College Proves Tough Job
March 29, 1953
Campus of Central High School in 1884. Became Junior College in 1915. Last classes held in 1942. Torn down on March 29, 1953.
A Major Player in the Olympics
July 2, 2012
Kansas City-based architecture firm Populous designed more than 100 temporary and permanent structures for the 2012 Olympic Summer Games in London, England, including the Olympic stadium. The firm is well-known...
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