Kansas City Power and Light Building, Kansas City

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The Kansas City Power and Light Building is a landmark skyscraper located in Downtown Kansas City, Missouri. The building was constructed by Kansas City Power and Light in 1931, as a way to promote new jobs in Downtown Kansas City. Since then, the Art Deco structure has been a prominent part of the Kansas City skyline. The structure was the tallest building west of the Mississippi River upon its completion after succeeding the Smith Tower until completion of the Space Needle in 1962. The east side of the building faces the Power & Light District which bears its name, and the building's iconic lantern appears on promotional materials and signage for the district and even Kansas City as a whole.
The building was designed by the Kansas City architecture firm of Hoit, Price and Barnes, which also designed Municipal Auditorium and 909 Walnut. Rumor for years said the original plans included a twin building to be paired on the immediate west side of the building, but the second tower was never built due to the effects of the Great Depression on local real estate prices. This was debunked in 2013 by local architect Dan Hicks who reviewed plans and interviewed Clarence Kivett, a well known architect working for Hoit, Price and Barnes at the time of the building design. The west side of the building has no windows because it was meant to be a firewall next to any building built next to it, plus the elevator shafts are along that side of the building.. The Power and Light Building, at 34 stories, was Missouri's tallest habitable structure from 1931 until the completion of One U.S. Bank Plaza in St. Louis in 1976. The building remains the tallest residential building in the State of Missouri.
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  • We went here three different times during our 4 days in KC excellent sports bars and restaurants. We really enjoyed our time here. Excellent idea it’s basically a mall for bars! If you are into corn h...  more »
  • I visited the Kansas City Power and Light Building late May while apartment hunting with my son. This historic building has been beautifully renovated and restored! I love architecture and history and...  more »
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  • I was not impressed. It might appeal to a younger crowd
  • Beautiful view from the beacon lounge!

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