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Garment (Wholesale) Hi...
Photograph, B/w, 8 X...
Missouri Designers Stitch Past into Modern Fashion
Article focusing on the garment industry in Missouri, both past and present, featuring some Kansas City designers like Tomboy Design Studio in the Crossroads Arts District. Laura McGrew opened her studio...
September 12-18, 2002
Article describing the history of the Savoy Grill restaurant, reputed to be the oldest continuously operating restaurant in Kansas City. Additional historic and now-defunct restaurants are discussed.
Out of Tune
June 1-7, 2006
Review of the Phoenix Piano Bar and Grill, located at 302 W. 8th Street. Includes background information about previous proprietors of the Phoenix Hotel and Restaurant, which opened at the same location...
Q: Why Does the Downtown Area Smell Like Toast?
October 22, 1995
The aroma wafting through the air in the Garment [Wholesale] District near 8th and Broadway Boulevards can most likely be attributed to the Folger Coffee Company plant. The coffee company was established...
Renewing the Kansas City Spirit
November 15, 2009
Norman Rockwell's painting of "The Kansas City Spirit" is the basis for this review of the history of some of Kansas City's "titans" and how they have "largely gone," such as the stockyards, Trans World...
Sanborn Map, Kansas City, Vol. 1, 1895-1907, Page p007
Northern part of early Kansas City in the Garment District from W. 7th Street south to W. 10th Street and from Washington east to Central. Large numbers at edges of page refer to page showing adjoining...
Sanborn Map, Kansas City, Vol. 1, 1895-1907, Page p007s
Skeleton map of northern part of early Kansas City Garment District from W. 7th Street south to W. 10th Street and from Washington east to Central.
Sanborn Map, Kansas City, Vol. 1, 1895-1907, Page p013
Northern part of early Kansas City in the West Bottoms from W. 8th Street south to Union Avenue and from Santa Fe Street east to Lincoln Street. Large numbers on the edges of page refer to page with adjoining...
Sanborn Map, Kansas City, Vol. 1, 1895-1907, Page p013s
Skeleton map of northern part of early Kansas City in the West Bottoms from W. 8th Street south to Union Avenue and from Santa Fe Street east to Lincoln Street. These sheets were used to record new developments...
Sanborn Map, Kansas City, Vol. 1, 1909-1938, Page p019
A portion of Kansas City from W. 7th Street south to W. 9th Street and from Bank Street east to May Street, showing buildings, streets, and additions. Large numbers at edges of page refer to page with...
Sanborn Map, Kansas City, Vol. 1, 1939-1958, Page p005
A portion of Kansas City from W. 7th Street south to W. 9th Street and from Broadway east to Central, showing buildings and streets. Large numbers at edges of page refer to page with adjoining area.
Sanborn Map, Kansas City, Vol. 1, 1939-1958, Page p013
A portion of Kansas City from W. 9th Street south to W. 11th Street and from Broadway east to Central, showing buildings and streets. Large numbers at edges of page refer to page with adjoining area.
Stitch in Time
Article describing the work of Ann Brownfield, curator of the Historic Garment District Museum, located in the Poindexter Building at 8th and Broadway. During the 1930's and '40's, the garment industry...
Stitched with Love
Article describes the work of the daughters of Nat Nast, a clothing designer and manufacturer from Kansas City's Garment District. Nat Nast's daughters have revitalized his signature "bowling shirt," new...
Story of a Merchant
Biographical article about Max Weil, a clothing merchant from France involved in designing the large "Model" building (or Model department store) in the Garment District for clothing manufacture and sales....
The Garment Industry of Greater Kansas City: Report No. 5
November 28, 1945
Analysis of the garment industry with history, statistics, and economic trends.
The Riverfront Gamblers
Photo and biographical sketch of Roger Buford, "the project developer and part owner of Historic Constructors, Inc., a construction-management firm that is a partner in River Market Ventures," describing...
The Story of 616: Reclaiming Kansas City's History
Article about the Garment District building at 616 Central Street renovated into loft apartments occupied mainly by artists moving out of the dangerous nearby River Quay and other old areas of town.
Three Behind the Loft Boom
Article profiling three local developers, Roger Buford, Dale Schulte and Tom Trabon, who are responsible for converting some 20 historic downtown buidings into residential lofts. Some of their projects...
Wholesale (Garment) Historic District
File contains clippings, articles and nomination for National Register of Historic Places for Garment District.
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