One Kansas City Place
|One Kansas City Place|
|Location||1200 Main St
Kansas City, Missouri
|Owner||Executive Hills Management Inc.|
|Antenna spire||199.3 m (654 ft)|
|Roof||190.1 m (624 ft)|
below ground 5
|Floor area||80,515 m2 (866,660 sq ft)|
|Design and construction|
|Architect||Patty Berkebile Nelson & Immenschuh|
|Structural engineer||Seiden & Page/Page McNaghten Associates|
|Main contractor||Tom Martin Construction|
One Kansas City Place is the tallest building located in downtown Kansas City, Missouri, bounded by 12th Street to the north, Baltimore Avenue to the west, and Main Street to the east. Built in 1988, the 190.1 m (624 ft) tower was designed by Patty Berkebile Nelson & Immenschuh and replaced the Town Pavilion as the tallest building in the city.
One Kansas City Place is considered an architectural salute to City Hall, which is located 5 blocks east of Main on 12th Street.
One Kansas City Place was constructed as the first part of a much larger project named Kansas City Place, which never was completed. The project was to include townhomes, office towers, and residential/hotel towers. The Kansas City Place project was originally proposed during the real estate boom of the 1980s. The plan was developed by Frank Morgan and his uncle Sherman Dreiseszun who had earlier built Town Pavilion that was completed in 1986.
The tower was proposed for the South Loop (So-Lo) area south of downtown's central business district. The project included a plethora of skyscrapers with uses ranging from offices to hotels and residential buildings. Unsubstantiated claims hold that a major cause of the project's failure to come to its full stature was the complaints of residents, claiming it would ruin Kansas City's skyline, which remained largely unchanged for 30 years.
One Kansas City Place was to be the third tallest of several towers constructed, though it is the tallest that actually was constructed. Today, it is one of the most recognizable buildings in Kansas City's skyline.
Morgan and Dreiseszun (operating as MD Management) would see some of their banks fail in the wake of the project in the Savings and loan crisis. They would be indicted on federal charges of bid rigging to get government contracts. Morgan would die in 1993 and Dreiseszun would plead guilty to a misdemeanor charge and pay a fine of US$375,000.
At the four sides of its top, One Kansas City Place glows at night with red, white, and blue lights. Throughout the year, the colors change to red and yellow for important Kansas City Chiefs games, blue and white for important Kansas City Royals games, red for Valentine's Day, green for St. Patrick's Day, pink for Breast Cancer Awareness Month (October), and red and green for Christmas.
Project proposed buildings
|Two Kansas City Place||65||Cancelled||Office|
|Three Kansas City Place||55||Cancelled||Office|
|One Kansas City Place||42||Built||Office|
|Four Kansas City Place||24||Cancelled||Office|
|Kansas City Place Apartments||20||Cancelled||Residential|
|Kansas City Place Apartments||16||Cancelled||Residential|
|Kansas City Place Apartments||14||Cancelled||Residential|
Bank of America maintains a large branch in the building's lower lobby. The building's largest tenants are Ernst & Young, an accounting firm, and Bryan Cave, a law firm based in St. Louis. Karbank Real Estate Company, a prominent industrial development and brokerage company, occupies the 39th floor. Great Plains Energy and subsidiary Kansas City Power & Light Co. have taken space in the building in 2009. Tenants are provided security by EHI through Securitas AB.
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- Staff writers (December 3, 2007). "Iconic developer Dreiseszun dies". The Kansas City Business Journal. Retrieved 17 November 2011.
- "Bank of America shown at 1200 Main". Yahoo Local. Retrieved 7 July 2012.
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- First National Bank History
- "One Kansas City Place" (January 31, 1988) Kansas City Star pp. 19J: 3
- Linda Chesney Kaut (December 17, 1989) "Q: What is the Tallest Building in Kansas City?" Kansas City Star pp. 6
- Diana Dawson (December 19, 1984) "Up to date in KC, and getting taller too." Kansas City Star Section C