Thursday, September 30, 2010

Phoenix Jazz Club

This area at Central and 8th street was known as the Garment District in 1888.  The Phoenix was a hotel with a  saloon on the first floor.  The Phoenix Hotel was supposedly a shady hotel and rumored to be more of a bordello.

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Kansas City Central Library

First National Bank Building built in 1906.  Opened as the KC Central Library in 2004.  The lobby is a rich expanse of marble which was a portrait of wealth when it was a bank lobby.   There were many people waiting outside for the library to open on this day.

Monday, September 27, 2010

Woods Building

Under Restoration.  Built in 1888, the Woods Building was home to several prominent physicians, including a female Dr Martha C. Dibble.  She was one of only a few female doctors in late 19th century Kansas City

Sunday, September 26, 2010

The University Club

Today this is the Kansas City Club originally the third location of the University Club established by 10 alumni of 6 local higher education institutions.  This was originally establishes as a private men's social club.  It is still a private club today.  The building was built in 1922, the club was established in 1882.

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Gorgeous Fall Day

 Yesterday was a perfect day for a walk at Happy Rock Park.  These two neighbors are best friends.

Friday, September 24, 2010

Carbide and Carbon Building

The Carbide and Carbon Building was built during the Great Depression.  Kansas City displayed unusual growth during this period.  Many of the old building I have displayed on this blog during the last several weeks are in the block known as the Library District and I have found my information off the Library District Walking Tour.  I cannot even begin to express how I've enjoyed learning about these buildings for this blog.

This was the first street I became familiar with prior to my move to Kansas City.  The bank I worked for in New Mexico was purchased by the bank formerly occupying the now Kansas City Public Library.  Pictures are forth coming of the Library.  I was awed with this area.

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Graphic Arts Building

This building was constructed in 1915 for business in publication and graphic arts.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Burnap Building

The Burnap Stationary Building was built in 1909.  Burnap Stationary was one of the largest stationary and office supply companies in the United States.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Back to old Buildings

This 12 story New England National Bank building was built in 1930 and rehabilitated in 2004

Monday, September 20, 2010

Crochet anyone


When I was younger 20 something and lived in Albuquerque, New Mexico, I was a silversmith.  I no longer have smithing equipment but do make necklaces, earrings and bracelet.  Obviously I am drawn to jewelry, but not just any jewelry.  This jewelry was crocheted.  Now I have knitted using wire and beads and know how much is involved in it's creation.  These pieces were done by Char Hunt, she has a beautiful turquoise piece on her home page.

Saturday, September 18, 2010

Zona Rosa Art Festival

Fall brings Art Festivals.  This booth drew quite a crowd.  There were many photographic artist, the things they do with photographs; laid onto glass with vivid colors, printed on canvas where colors were vibrant and then the photos that look more like paintings instead of photos.  There were lots of Sunflowers.

Friday, September 17, 2010

More New England Building

I love the craftsmanship and detail of these old buildings.  They all have the name of the building crafted right into the building itself. 

Thursday, September 16, 2010

The New England Buiding

This seven story skyscraper was built in 1886 during Kansas City's architectural growth to shed it's cowtown image and develop urban character.

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Early Morning Sunrise

This morning's sunrise was followed by rain, rain and more rain.

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Everyone is at work inside

Most downtown workers start at 8:00, by this time in morning the streets are bare.

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Friday, September 10, 2010

Looking south on Baltimore toward Power & Light Building

The art deco Power and Light Building anchors the Power and Light Entertainment District.  More photos of that area will be forth coming.  It has been gray and glooming for several days as KC feels the remains of Hurricane Hermine.

Thursday, September 9, 2010

New York Life Building

Built in 1890, the New York Life Building was the first high rise building in Kansas City, Missouri and the first to have elevators. It was one of six buildings built by New York Life Insurance across the United States.  Unfortunately this beautiful building is surrounded by other buildings which makes getting a good photo difficult.  So I am giving pieced photo's today.  Unfortunately the building requires an access card to enter, I've heard the lobby is equally exquisite 

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Looking across Kansas City Kansas

Standing in Kansas City, Missouri looking across the Missouri River to Kansas City, Kansas

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Old mixed with the new

My favorite part of downtown KCMO is the old buildings.  I just love the old brick buildings.  There is so much history downtown.

Monday, September 6, 2010

Born again

You can see all the changes this West Bottoms store front has gone through, bricked up windows, new entry, replaced brick....  A fitting home for salvaged and reclaimed products now known as  Seldom Found Architecturals

Saturday, September 4, 2010

Open Air Market

How did I leave the house without my camera.  This one taken with my iPhone.

Friday, September 3, 2010

At the base of the Liberty Memorial

My recent post were taken around the Liberty Memorial one evening this week.  The area offers the best view of Crown Center and Downtown.  The World War I Museum is wonderful to visit as is the scene from the top of the Memorial.  Have a great weekend.

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Liberty Memorial

The Liberty Memorial is in Penn Valley Park and at the base of the memorial is the World War I Museum   The memorial has the best view of downtown KCMO.  The recent pictures have been taken from here.