List of tallest buildings in Kansas City, Missouri

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Downtown Kansas City skyline, looking northwest.

Kansas City is a diverse city, not only with its culture, but also in its skyscrapers. Like most other large U.S. cities, it has an eclectic mixture of old and new structures. Many buildings incorporate art deco details in a number of ways, as exhibited by the Kansas City Power and Light Building, Municipal Auditorium, and the recent Bartle Hall Pylons.

Tallest habitable buildings[edit]

Tallest Habitable Buildings in Kansas City, Missouri
Rank Building Address Architect(s) Height
feet / m
Floors Year Notes Image
1 One Kansas City Place 1200 Main Street PBNI Architects
624 / 197[1]
42
1988
Tallest Building in Missouri
One Kansas City Place KCMO.jpg
2 Town Pavilion
(formerly AT&T Town Pavilion)
1111 Main Street HNTB Architecture
591 / 180
38
1986
Town Pavilion KCMO.jpg
3 Kansas City Power and Light Building 1330 Baltimore Street Hoit, Price and Barnes
481 / 145
36
1931
Proposed for conversion to residential
Kansas City Power and Light Building 1931.jpg
4 909 Walnut
(formerly Fidelity National Bank & Trust Building)
909 Walnut Street Hoit, Price and Barnes
470 / 143
32
1932
Tallest residential in Midwest outside Chicago
909 Walnut Kansas City MO.jpg
5 Kansas City City Hall 414 E. 12th Street Wight and Wight
445 / 136
30
1937
KC MO city hall.jpg
6 1201 Walnut 1201 Walnut Street HNTB Architecture
427 / 130
30
1991
1201 Walnut-Kansas City MO.jpg
7 Sheraton Kansas City Hotel at Crown Center
(formerly Hyatt Regency Crown Center)
2345 McGee Street PBNDML Architects
425 / 129
40
1980
Hyatt Regency Crown Center Kansas City MO.jpg
8 Commerce Tower 909 Main Street Keene Simpson & Murphy
421 / 128
30
1965
Top 20 floors converting to residential
Commerce Tower Kansas City MO.jpg
9 City Center Square 1100 Main Street Skidmore, Owings and Merrill
404 / 123
30
1977
City Center Square Kansas City MO.jpg
10 Oak Tower
(formerly Southwestern Bell Building)
324 E. 11th Street Hoit, Price and Barnes
379 / 116
28
1929
OakTower Kansas City Missouri.jpg
11 2345 Grand
(formerly IBM Plaza)
2345 Grand Avenue Fujikawa Conterato Lohan & Assoc.
(Office of Mies van der Rohe)
352 / 107.3
28
1977
2345 Grand Bldg-Kansas City MOx.jpg
12 Bryant Building 1100 Grand Avenue Graham, Anderson, Probst & White
352 / 107
26
1931
XBryant Building Kansas City MO.jpg
13 2555 Grand 2555 Grand Avenue Zimmer Gunsul Frasca Partnership
351 / 107
26
2003
2555 Grand Kansas City MO.jpg
14 San Francisco Tower 2510 Grand Avenue The Architects' Collaborative, Cambridge MA
Marshall and Brown
342 / 104.5
32
1976
Condos
2510 Grand Kansas City MO.jpg
15 = Crowne Plaza Hotel
(opened as Holiday Inn)
1301 Wyandotte Street
299 / 91
28
1968
Crowne Plaza Kansas City MO.jpg
16 = AT&T Long Lines Building (Kansas City) 1425 Oak Street
298 / 91
26
1976
ATT Longlines Kansas City MO.jpg
17 925 Grand 925 Grand Avenue Graham, Anderson, Probst & White
299 / 91
21
1921
Residential
925 Grand-former Federal Reserve-KCMO.jpg
18 = Richard Bolling Federal Building 601 E. 12th Street Voskamp and Slezak; Radotinsky, Meyn and Deardorff; Everett and Keleti;
Howard, Tammen and Bergendoff
295 / 90
18
1966
Richard Bolling Federal Building Kansas City MO.jpg
19 = Jackson County Courthouse 415 E. 12th Street Wight and Wight;
Keene & Simpson;
Frederick C. Gunn
295 / 90
22
1934
Jackson County Courthouse KC Missouri.jpg
20 Charles Evans Whittaker Federal Courthouse 400 E. 9th Street Ellerbe Becket/ASAI Architects
290 / 88
10
2000
Whittaker Federal Courthouse-south view-KCMO.jpg
21 WallStreet Tower
(formerly Mercantile Bank)
106 W. 11th Street Harry Weese Associates
288 / 88
20
1974
Now condos
WallStreet Tower Kansas City Missouri.jpg
22 Mark Twain Tower 106 W. 11th Street Hoit, Price and Barnes
285 / 87
24
1923
Proposed for residential
Mark Twain Tower Kansas City MOv.jpg
23 One Park Place
(formerly BMA Tower)
298 W. 31st Street Skidmore, Owings and Merrill
280 / 85
20
1963
Condos
BMA Building Kansas City MO.jpg
24 TenMain Center 920 Main Street HNTB Architecture
272 / 83
20
1969
Ten Main Center-AMC Bldg-Kansas City MO.jpg
25 = Commerce Trust Building 922 Walnut Street Jarvis Hunt
258 / 79
20
1906
Commerce Trust Building Kansas City MO.jpg
26 = Commerce Bank Building 920 Main Street Hellmuth, Obata and Kassabaum
258 / 79
20
1985
Commerce Bank Bldg Kansas City MO.jpg
27 12 Wyandotte Plaza 12 Wyandotte Street PBNI Architects
253 / 77 (est.)
18
1986
Wyandotte skyscraper Kansas City MO.jpg
28 1 Memorial Drive 1 Memorial Drive
(at Main Street)
Henry N. Cobb, Pei Cobb Freed & Partners
Ellerbe Becket
250 / 76
16
2008
New Federal Reserve Bank Kansas City MO.jpg
29 Hotel Phillips 106 W. 12th Street Boillot & Lauck
243 / 73
20
1930
Hotel Phillips Kansas City Missouri.jpg
30 Traders on Grand 1125 Grand Boulevard Thomas E. Stanley
241 / 73
20
1963
XTraders on Grand skyscraper Kansas City MO.jpg
31 H&R Block World Headquarters 1 H&R Block Way
(Oak Street at E. 12th Street)
360 Architecture
236 / 72
17
2006
HR Block World HQ Kansas City MO.jpg
32 & 33 American Century Towers I & II 4500 Main Street HKS, Inc.
236 / 72
20
1991 & 1994
Am Century Towers Kansas City MO.jpg
34 1006 Grand Boulevard Apartments Kansas City, Missouri 64106 Sherman Associates
231/ 70.7
17
1930
Residential. No Image
35 Kansas City Marriott Hotel Country Club Plaza 4445 Main Street Peckham Guyton Albers & Viets
229 / 70
18
1986
Marriott Country Club Plaza Kansas City MO.jpg
36 Plaza West 4600 Madison Avenue HNTB Architecture
225 / 69
17
1986
Plaza West Building Kansas City MO.jpg
37 Clubhouse Lofts 128 W. 13th Street Smith, Rea & Lovitt
217/ 66.29
14
1921
Residential. No Image
38 21 Ten Lofts 21 W. 10th Street Wilder & Wight
208.5/ 63.5
15
1914
39 Professional Building 213 East 11th Street Alexander Company inc
206/62.79
16
1930
40 UMB Building 928 Grand Boulevard Hoit & Cutler
200/60.96
16
center> 1907

Other tall structures[edit]

Other Tall Structures in Kansas City, Missouri
Rank Building Address Architect(s) Height
feet / m
Floors Year Notes Image
KCTV Tower (and antenna)[2] 129 E. 31st Street
956 / 291
1042 / 318
Tower
w/Antenna
1956
Kctv-tower1.jpg
Bartle Hall Pylons at
Bartle Hall Convention Center[3]
13th Street, between
Broadway Boulevard & Central Street
BNIM Architects
Convention Center Associates, Architects
335 / 102
360 / 110
West-pylon
w/Sculpture
1994
Bartle Hall Sky Stations Kansas City MO.jpg
Liberty Memorial[4] 100 W. 26th Street Harold Van Buren Magonigle
264 / 81
217 / 66
Total
Tower-only
1926
Liberty Memorial 18July2008.jpg
KCI Air Traffic Control Tower[5] Kansas City International Airport
250 / 76
1996
Air Traffic Control Tower KCI.jpg

Buildings proposed / under construction / envisioned[edit]

Name
Floors
Status
Year Estimated
Use
Cerner Fountain Plaza 60 Envisioned N/A Office
Garmin Landmark Tower 53 Envisioned N/A Office
Burns & McDonnell Square 45 Envisioned N/A Office
JW Marriott Kansas City 60 Envisioned N/A Hotel
Convention Center Hotel* 40 Envisioned 2011 Hotel
Cordish Co. Luxury Hotel & Condominium 35 On Hold N/A Hotel/Residential
GSA Headquarters 28 Proposed N/A Office
2800 Grand * 26 Envisioned N/A Office
San Francisco Tower 2* 26 Proposed N/A Residential
Union Hill Village Tower 24 Envisioned N/A Residential
Power and Light Apartments 23 Under Construction 2013 Residential
Promenade Place 22 Proposed N/A Office
Freight House Hotel 21 Proposed N/A Hotel
Block Realtors Tower 20 Proposed N/A Residential
P&L District Housing 2 * 18 Proposed N/A Residential
9th and Jefferson * 18 Envisioned N/A Office
Copaken Tower 18 Envisioned N/A Office
Power and Light Condos 18 Under Construction N/A Residential
P&L District Housing 3 * 18 Proposed N/A Residential
7th and Pennsylvania * 17 Envisioned N/A Office
Wellington Place Tower 1 15 Proposed 2007 Residential
Wellington Place Tower 2 15 Proposed 2007 Residential
Savoy Hotel Expansion 12 Envisioned N/A Hotel
P&L District Housing 4 11 Proposed N/A Residential
American Century Expansion 13 Envisioned N/A Office
Ameristar Casino Hotel Tower II 13 Proposed N/A Hotel
2700 Grand Twr 1 13 Envisioned N/A Office
2700 Grand Twr 2 13 Envisioned N/A Office
Union Station Office Tower 12 Proposed N/A Office
Plaza West Tower II 12 Envisioned N/A Office
The Drink 10 Proposed 2008 Residential
14th and Baltimore * 10 Envisioned N/A Office
West Edge Office Tower 10 Under Construction 2007 Office
H&R Block Tower II 10 Proposed N/A Office
  • Asterisk-True heights not known, estimated from renderings

Timeline of tallest buildings[edit]

The New York Life Insurance Building, completed in 1890, was the first multi-story highrise building in Kansas City.

This lists buildings that once held the title of tallest building in Kansas City, Missouri.

Name Street address Architect(s) Years as tallest Height
feet / m
Floors Reference
New York Life Insurance Building 20 W. Ninth Street McKim, Mead, and White 1890–1906 180 / 55
12
Commerce Trust Building 922 Walnut Street Jarvis Hunt 1906–1921 258 / 79
17
Historic Federal Reserve Bank 925 Grand Avenue Graham, Anderson, Probst & White 1921–1929 298 / 91
16
Oak Tower 324 E. 11th Street Hoit, Price and Barnes 1929–1931 379 / 116
28
Kansas City Power and Light Building 1330 Baltimore Street Hoit, Price and Barnes 1931–1977 476 / 145
34
2345 Grand (formerly IBM Plaza) 2345 Grand Avenue Fujikawa Conterato Lohan & Assoc.
(Office of Mies van der Rohe)
1977–1980 477 / 145
28
Sheraton Kansas City Hotel at Crown Center 2345 McGee Street PBNDML Architects 1980–1986 504 / 154
40
Town Pavilion 1111 Main Street HNTB Architecture 1986–1988 591 / 180
38
One Kansas City Place 1200 Main Street PBNI Architects 1988–present 624 / 198
42

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  • American Institute of Architects/KC (2000). American Institute of Architects Guide to Kansas City Architecture & Public Art. Retrieved August 17, 2007, pp. 21, 23, 25, 26, 29, 30, 32, 36, 47.
  • Ehrlich, George (1992). Kansas City, Missouri; An Architectural History, 1826-1990. Retrieved August 17, 2007, pp. 197, 201, 161, 187-195, 71, 94-96, 161.

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