Why does Kansas City have so many taller historic skyscrapers compared to St. Louis?
What a cool sign for this now defunct furrier in downtown Kansas City. You can imagine someone like Liza Taylor walking out of this store in the 1950’s.
Much of the rest of McRee Town sits abandoned, with the potential for more redevelopment. I particularly like the house with the tan front and the red brick side walls; it would make a great rehab one day. The two… Continue Reading
I’m interrupting my tour of Kansas City architecture because I was so excited to see the recent developments in McRee Town, which for a long was one of the most troubled neighborhoodsin the city. Combining sensitive in-fill with the conversion… Continue Reading
There is a whole ensemble of public works buildings surrounding the old Vine Street Workhouse, including this firehouse, above. Across the street were the original Water and Streets buildings for Kansas City. They now sit empty. Interestingly, there is new… Continue Reading
Did I discover an ancient fortress in the wilderness? Well, not exactly, as if you look closer, you see that this castle has cinder blocks in its windows and doors. The Vine Street Workhousewas the old jail for the city… Continue Reading
Find the cost of freedom, buried in the ground
When will these walls coming crashing down, the victim of demolition? Will there be any memory of what was here fifty years from now? How could such a thriving place decline so rapidly? Was its hold on the retail market… Continue Reading
I have a sentimental soft spot for the Northwest Plaza Sears, as its architecture is very similar to the mall I went to as a child in Saginaw, Michigan, Fashion Square Mall. I also realized that in some ways the… Continue Reading
The fixture storage building at the Lemp Brewery is functional, but sparse. I was particularly drawn to the massive steel columns which hold up the floors.