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Ray, Mrs Sam (Mildred...
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 Conceptual Analysis of the Stephen N. Dwight Building
A 30 page photocopied typewritten paper first written in 1970 and later revised in 1974. Includes copy of Historic American Buildings Survey (HABS) Worksheet.
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 Field Guide to the Crossroads Art District
May 1, 2005
Map depicting the area roughly between Truman Road (north boundary), Pershing Road (south boundary), Broadway (west boundary) and Cherry Street (east boundary). Includes drawings and identification of...
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 Kansas City Architect: A. Wallace Love
Photos and biographical article about A. Wallace Love (1859-1912), an architect and building contractor native to Michigan and coming to Kansas City in 1878. City official as City Councilman, superintendent...
A Kansas City Architect: Charles A. Smith
Photos and biographical article about Charles Smith, a local architect designing many downtown buildings, such as 1016 Walnut Street, YMCAs at both downtown and the Paseo, and Capitol Garage at 1306 Main...
A Kansas City Architect: Clifton B. Sloan
Photos and biographical article about Clifton Breeden Sloan, or Clifton Sloan (1870-1958), an architect "responsible for some of Kansas City's most interesting architectural designs." Native of Illinois...
A Kansas City Architect: Edgar Faris
Biographical article about Edgar Faris (1882-1945), a Kansas City architect with extant works dating between 1908 and 1925, before moving to Miami in 1926, gaining "a national reputation as a landscape...
A Kansas City Architect: James Oliver Hogg
Photos, illustration, and biographical article about James Hogg, an architect born in Wisconsin "around 1858" and arriving in Kansas City in 1886. Designer of mostly commercial and storage buildings, including...
A Lady Revealed in the Last Years of a Woman of Uncertain Reputation: The Story of Louise Heorath
Louise Heorath whose real name was Cora Totty was associated with Annie Chambers, owner of houses of prostitution in the city around the turn of the century. "Perhaps it was not until the 18th Amendment...
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 Lesson in Style: Art Deco
Photos and discussion about the unique American architectural style developed in the 1920s with Kansas City examples.
A Lesson in Style: Queen Anne
Description of Queen Anne architectural style, in vogue in America roughly from 1880 to 1900. Ornate style based on English medieval and Renaissance rural domestic.
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...
A Memorial and Biographical Record of Kansas City and Jackson County, Mo., Illustrated
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