Monday, February 28, 2011

Work continues on the Kauffman Center for Performing Arts

Work on the Kauffman Center of Performing Arts starts early in the morning.  You can now see the different halls or performing galleries.  I enjoy watching a project of this magnitude come to life.  It is on schedule to open in Sept 2011.  The city is already prepared to welcome it's opening night.   To the right is the Power and Light Building.

Sunday, February 27, 2011

New York Life Building

I usually take the highways to work daily but if I am early I like to drive thru downtown.  This is one of my favorite buildings.  I told you about it here.  I was hoping to find the eagle lit up but only found the doors with enough light to shoot.  

Saturday, February 26, 2011

City Market

Since 1857 City Market has been the largest farmers market in the midwest.  Yesterday photo of the Steamboat Arabia sits in City Market.  There are 30 full time businesses in the Market that offer specialty foods, restaurants, floral, home decor...  The farmers market is open year round every Saturday and Sunday offering fruits, vegetables, baked goods, bedding plants and much more.  Once the weather gets nice this is the place to be on weekend mornings.  This area is also known as the River Market because it sits right next to the Missouri River, just adjacent to downtown KCMO.

Friday, February 25, 2011

Steamboat Arabia

The Steamboat Arabia Museum contains the largest collection of pre-civil war artifacts.  This sidewheel steamboat sank near the town of Parkville on September 5, 1856 and was discovered in 1988.  This museum is fun to visit to learn the history and discovery of the steamboat, see the paddle wheel and the contents of crates of shoes, bottles, dishware, medicine, silverware, pocket knives, guns, tools....  

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Back to Kansas City

The home office of the Kansas City Star newspaper was built in 1911.  The new green glass building was featured in several posts in October.  Ernest Hemingway was a reporter at this building from Oct 1917 to April 1918.  I particularly like the details at the top of the brick and the light fixtures along this side.

William Rockhill Nelson founded the KC Star.  He is also responsible for developing the Art District as shown here and here.  

Saturday, February 19, 2011

Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis

I was in St Louis recently and visited this amazing cathedral.  There were so many chapels and colors to capture in photos.  I debated whether I could post St. Louis photos on my Kansas City blog.  It is 4 hours away.  I have posted photos of locations within the Kansas City area but never another city where other CDP bloggers exist.  I decided after much deliberation that I had to share this experience on my blog.  Please forgive me if I have stepped out of my boundaries.  

The building of  Cathedral Basilica of St Louis Romanesque style was started in 1907.  It is the largest collection of mosaic art in the world.  It was created by 20 different artist and covers 83,000 square feet.  The installation of the mosaics began in 1912 and completed in 1988.  There are many chapels, domes and bays depicting different scenes from the story of the Catholic Faith.  If you are ever in St. Louis this is a must see.  As many times as I have been to St Louis this was the first time I heard of this cathedral.

I will be displaying several photos from this Cathedral in the upcoming week.  Thanks for allowing me this diversion from Kansas City.

Thursday, February 17, 2011


My daughter-in-law encouraged me to take this photo.  At first I didn't want to take it because of the power lines.  I am glad how the photo turned out despite the power lines

Wednesday, February 16, 2011


While out walking I eyed the details on these columns.  I particularly like the table legs in the background.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Juggling life

This juggling jester reminded me of life.  Seems like I am juggling obligations to get to what I want to do.  I would rather spend my days taking photos instead of work and other responsibilites.  Do any of you feel like you juggle your life?  

Friday, February 11, 2011

Old glass still reflects

I liked these old windows on the Eldridge Hotel.  The hotel on this site originally opened as the Free State Hotel in honor of the intention that Kansas join the Union as a free state.  In 1856 the hotel was burned by Sherriff Sam Jones and his pro-slavery posse.  Kansas being a free state and Missouri being a pro-slavery state was the start of the ongoing border war.  

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Snow Hall

Yes, I am a Jayhawk and darn proud (smile).  Even though I grew up in New Mexico and went to UNM, my father went to KU, and my brothers and I were raised as Jayhawk fans.  I'll never forget his excitement when KU won the 1988 National Championship and Danny Manning the MOP.  In addition to my father attending KU, my son completed a graduate degree here.  To close out my KU series I bring you the building my son spent 7 years (including 2008) working his way through grad school.  My son knows how proud I am of his accomplishments, he is my success.  May my father rest in peace knowing his grandson's accomplishment mirrored his dream.

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Lippencott Hall

This Greek Revival style Hall opened in 1905 and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.  I love this old lamppost.

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Famous Bird

I think it is appropriate that the Class on 1956 placed this Big Man on Campus in front of Strong Hall.

Monday, February 7, 2011

The Big Game

The border war is here tonight ESPN Big Monday.

Sunday, February 6, 2011

Frozen River

This is the Highway 59 bridge over the Kansas River.  Many times during cold weather eagles can be found here (at the far side in photo) where there is open water.  But unfortunately not yesterday when I visited the area.

Saturday, February 5, 2011


I found this gate closing off a narrow space between two buildings and liked the pattern.  Have a great weekend all!

Friday, February 4, 2011

After the storm

Driving on Main Street two mornings after the blizzard was still treacherous.  Most roads were in good condition, the highways were clear.  Cars on Main St moved slowly all morning.

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Clay County Courthouse

I have always liked this building, it was built by Wight and Wight of Kansas City.

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

And more snow

Kansas City was hit by the blizzard yesterday and I have barely been outside.  I am working from home again today but hope to get out late afternoon to snap a few photos.  This photo is from a recent snow storm when I was out exploring.  Yesterday's snowfall was significant with blowing winds (big drifts) and today is cold, cold.  Check out the temps in KC to the right of this post.

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Winter Fountains

Today is City Daily Photo Theme Day - Fountains.  This one taken at the Liberty Memorial during a recent snow storm.  
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