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Commerce Trust Company
Ray, Mrs Sam (Mildred...
Anderson Photo Company
Fat Lady Sings For Former Opera House
January 14, 2007
One of the oldest buildings downtown, the former Grand Opera House at 700 Walnut is slated for demolition. The building was built in 1891 by Melville Hudson and Abraham Judah. Since 1926 it has been used...
Final Act for Opera House: Demolition
March 12, 2009
The Grand Opera House is being demolished "after a two-year effort failed to turn up a viable plan for its reuse." Commerce Bank, which owns the property, had given it a reprieve to give preservationists...
July 13-19, 2006
Brief article describing the Top of the Tower, an "international restaurant-a-rama" located on the top two floors of the Commerce Bank Tower at 9th and Main Street during the late 1960's. The author writes...
Havens Steel Seeks Chap. 11
March 19, 2004
Because of the soaring cost of steel, the 85 year old Havens Steel Company, a local design and fabrication company, sought bankruptcy protection on March 18, 2004. Commerce Bank of Kansas City held a multi...
KC Stars, Top Area Banks
June 6, 2006
A list of banks with area charters ranked by 2006 first-quarter assets. Information given includes March assets, First-quarter 2006 net income, March deposits, March Loans and the top officer. The first...
Kemper to Kemper
Photos and biographical article about the competition and relationship of "cousins Jonathan Kemper, chairman and CEO of Commerce Bank, and R. Crosby Kemper III, chairman and CEO of UMB Bank." Also history...
Kemper: Banks Don't Just Store Your Money
Article describing the author's experience in the banking industry and predictions for the future.
Magical, Mystical Martinique
Photo and biographical article about Jeff Martinique, a specialized building contractor living in Edwardsville, Kansas, and since about 1976 serving "the residential fantasies of Kansas City's rich and...
Monroe F. Cockrell Papers Finding Aid
This collection pertains to the 1920s Kansas City banking industry, including a manuscript by Monroe F. Cockrell entitled "Banking in Kansas City, Mo., 1920-1928." Also included is a testimony by Mr. Cockrell...
Profile: Commerce Bancshares' David Kemper
Photos and biographical article about David Kemper, the 33-year-old (in 1984) "scion of Kansas City's most illustrious banking family" and "president of Commerce Bancshares," the "third largest bank holding...
Rooftop View of Commerce Bank Building
Rooftop view looking down onto Commerce Trust Company building.
Thomas Bullene Robinson
January 19, 2006
Obituary for Thomas Bullene Robinson who died January 16, 2006, at the age of 88. He was an engineer and his entire career was spent at Black and Veatch where he was a managing partner until his retirement...
Street level view looking toward the north showing the west side of Walnut Street between 11th and 10th Street in downtown Kansas City, Missouri. Included in view is the side entrance of the AT&T Pavilion...
Street level view looking north of the west side of Walnut Street between 10th and 9th Street in downtown Kansas City, Missouri. A portion of the Commerce Bank entrance is in view.
William S. Woods
William Thornton and Charlotte Crosby Kemper Memorial Fountain
Full, street corner view of the William T. and Charlotte Crosby Kemper Memorial Fountain located at the southwest corner of Main and 10th Street in downtown Kansas City. View is looking toward the southeast...
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