List of tallest buildings in Kansas City, Missouri

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Downtown Kansas City skyline, looking northwest

Kansas City has a diverse variety of tall buildings. Like many other large U.S. cities, it has an 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 Bartle Hall Pylons. In the past decade, higher residential occupancy downtown has led to a boom in apartment buildings and hotels to host larger conventions and attract more businesses to the city, which is modernizing the skyline of Kansas City with focuses on contemporary and modernistic designs to planned buildings in the area.

Tallest habitable buildings[edit]

Tallest habitable buildings in Kansas City, Missouri
Rank Name 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 commercial-use building in height in the state of Missouri. Major office building and home to Evergy (KCPL) headquarters.
2 Town Pavilion 1111 Main Street HNTB Architecture
591 / 180
38
1986
Second tallest building in Kansas City, completed in 1986 it was another major office building and featured post-modern elements architecturally and a glass facade, initially containing a major retail space in it including Dillard's and others; it has since been primarily office tenant's since then with companies such as Transamerica, and today Bank Of The Midwest which has their sign atop the building.
3 Sheraton Kansas City Hotel at Crown Center
2345 McGee Street PBNDML Architects
504 / 153
45
1980
Tallest hotel in Missouri; Formerly Hyatt Regency now owned by Sheraton in the Crown Center District.
4 Kansas City Power and Light Building 1330 Baltimore Street Hoit, Price and Barnes
481 / 145
32
1931
Icon of Kansas City's skyline for decades with its strong art deco details it won several awards for design upon initial completion. It was also the tallest building built west of the Mississippi River from completion in 1931 to 1962. Re-development of Downtown lead to the building being renovated into luxury apartments.
5 909 Walnut 909 Walnut Street Hoit, Price and Barnes
470 / 143
35
1932
Formerly a banking building built during Kansas City's construction boom of the 1930s. Converted into multiple different uses before being redeveloped into luxury apartments.
6 Kansas City City Hall 414 E. 12th Street Wight and Wight
445 / 136
30
1937
Built during Kansas City's construction boom from the 1920s–1940s. Features prominent details of art deco design and is one of the nation's tallest city hall's in height. Kansas City's now tallest building One Kansas City Place was designed to be a 1980s modern version of City Hall.
KC MO city hall.jpg
7 1201 Walnut 1201 Walnut Street HNTB Architecture
427 / 130
30
1991
Tallest building built in Kansas City in the 1990s. Stinson LLC. currently has signage atop the building as it bought the rights back in 2010. They serve as the major tenant for the office building still.
8 Commerce Tower 909 Main Street Keene Simpson & Murphy
421 / 128
30
1965
Formerly Commerce Bank's Headquarters; it was the first skyscraper designed by Kansas City locals. Redeveloped into residential space. Tallest building built in Kansas City in the 1960s.
9 City Center Square

(Lightwell Building)

1100 Main Street Skidmore, Owings and Merrill
404 / 123
30
1977
Currently being renovated into a more premier business space with retail and food space, working with WeWork to renovate the building being relabeled as the Lightwell Building. Tallest building built in Kansas City in the 1970s.
10 Oak Tower 324 E. 11th Street Hoit, Price and Barnes
379 / 116
28
1929
Tallest building built in Kansas City in the 1920s. Has historically and still presently a major hub for Kansas City's optic network for internet services.
OakTower Kansas City Missouri.jpg
11 2345 Grand 2345 Grand Avenue Fujikawa Conterato Lohan & Assoc.
(office of Mies van der Rohe)
352 / 107
28
1977
Office building in the Crown Center district with a major tenant being the law firm Lathrop GPM.
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
Tallest building built in Kansas City in the 2000s.
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
Luxury condominiums in the Crown Center district.
2510 Grand Kansas City MO.jpg
15 Crowne Plaza Hotel
1301 Wyandotte Street Ralph F. Oberlechner Associates
299 / 91
28
1968
Crowne Plaza Kansas City
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
Converting to hotel
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 Walker Bolling Federal Building.JPG
19 Jackson County Courthouse 415 E. 12th Street Wight and Wight;
Keene & Simpson;
Frederick C. Gunn
295 / 90
22
1934
Jackson County Kansas City Courthouse 20161026-7020-7029.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 Wall Street Tower
106 W. 11th Street Harry Weese Associates
288 / 88
20
1974
Converted into residential units in the Financial District.
WallStreet Tower Kansas City Missouri.jpg
22 Mark Twain Tower 106 W. 11th Street Hoit, Price and Barnes
285 / 87
24
1923
Converting to Residential; was home to the Playboy Club in 1960s.
Mark Twain Tower Kansas City MOv.jpg
23 One Park Place 298 W. 31st Street Skidmore, Owings and Merrill
280 / 85
20
1963
Condominiums near Union Hill overlooking Downtown.
BMA Building Kansas City MO.jpg
24 TenMain Center 920 Main Street [Charles Luckman, Los Angeles, CA
272 / 83
20
1968
Former headquarter location of AMC theaters.
TenMain Center
25 Two Light Tower 1444 Grand Blvd Humphreys & Partners Architects LP
270 / 82.29
24
2018
Phase 2 of the Luxury apartments built in the Power & Light District to attract renters to revitalize the downtown district. Tallest building built in Kansas City in the 2010s.
Two Light
26 One Light Tower 50 East 13th Street Humphreys & Partners Architects LP
265 / 80.7
25
2015
First phase from Cordish & Co. to develop luxury high-rise apartments in the popular Power & Light District. Vacancy quickly filled calling for a total of 4 towers eventually to be constructed in the area.
One Light Luxury Apartments.jpg
27 Loew's Convention Hotel 1515 Wyandotte Street Cooper Carry
260 / 79.3
23
2020
Newly constructed large convention space and luxury hotel with a restaurant and bar overlooking downtown Kansas City, also provides connection to Bartle Hall and easy access to the booming Crossroads district nearby.
28 Commerce Trust Building 922 Walnut Street Jarvis Hunt
258 / 79
20
1906
Commerce Trust Building Kansas City MO.jpg
29 Commerce Bank Building 920 Main Street Hellmuth, Obata and Kassabaum
258 / 79
20
1985
Commerce Bank Bldg Kansas City MO.jpg
30 12 Wyandotte Plaza 12 Wyandotte Street PBNI Architects
253 / 77
18
1986
Constructed as part of the master plan anchored by Kansas City's tallest building One Kansas City Place and the company behind the plan. After this building and One Kansas City Place were constructed, the plans fell through and its major tenant now is Spring Venture Group and U.S. Bank.
Wyandotte skyscraper Kansas City MO.jpg
31 Kansas City Marriott Downtown 200 W 12th Street
250/ 76
22
1985
Situated in the Convention District and nearby Barney Allis Plaza and Municipal Auditorium it is a highly rated hotel in Kansas City, the building at night lights up with different designs every night, and the long width of the building makes it very noticeable in the night's skyline.
Marriot Hotel Kansas CIty
32 1 Memorial Drive 1 Memorial Dr. Henry N. Cobb, Pei Cobb Freed & Partners
Ellerbe Becket
250 / 76
16
2008
Home to the Federal Reserve Midwest Branch and also the Money Museum; situated on Union Hill.
New Federal Reserve Bank Kansas City MO.jpg
33 Hotel Phillips 106 W. 12th Street Boillot & Lauck
243 / 73
20
1930
Hotel Phillips Kansas City Missouri.jpg
34 The Grand 1125 Grand Boulevard Thomas E. Stanley
241 / 73
20
1963
Recently converted into residential space, with a new Grand signage atop the building.
XTraders on Grand skyscraper Kansas City MO.jpg
35 H&R Block World Headquarters 1 H&R Block Way
(Oak Street at E. 12th Street)
360 Architecture
236 / 72
17
2006
Sparked the revitalization of the now popular Power and Light District in Kansas City and downtown in the mid 2000s. The modern design with the translucent glass and compliments the other modern buildings being constructed in the neighborhood currently.
36 & 37 American Century Investment Towers 4500 Main Street HKS, Inc.
236 / 72
20
1991-1994
Built in the 1990s, overlooking the Plaza and J.C. Nichols Fountain. The double towers are often illuminated and easily visible from Midtown or Westport.
38 1006 Grand Boulevard Apartments Kansas City, Missouri 64106 Sherman Associates
231 / 70.7
17
1930
Converted into apartment space
1006 Grand
39 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
40 Plaza West 4600 Madison Avenue HNTB Architecture
225 / 69
17
1986
Plaza West Building Kansas City MO.jpg
41 Clubhouse Lofts 128 W. 13th Street Smith, Rea & Lovitt
217 / 66.29
14
1921
42 21 Ten Lofts 21 W. 10th Street Wilder & Wight
208.5 / 63.5
15
1914
43 Professional Building 213 East 11th Street Alexander Company Inc.
206 / 62.79
16
1930
44 UMB Building 928 Grand Boulevard Hoit & Cutler
200 / 60.96
16
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 [2] 129 E. 31st Street
956 / 291
1042 / 318
Tower
with antenna
1956
Kctv-tower1.jpg
Bartle Hall Pylons at
Bartle Hall Convention Center[3]
301 W. 13th St BNIM Architects
Convention Center Associates, Architects
360 / 110
Tip of Pylon's
1994
The pylons were added in 1994 along-side the expansion of the Convention Center, it proved a difficult engineering feat building these over Kansas City's downtown freeway loop. Art sculptures were placed atop the Pylons and are now iconic figures in Kansas City's Skyline.
Liberty Memorial[4] 100 W. 26th Street Harold Van Buren Magonigle
264 / 81
217 / 66
Tower
1926
The prominent monument is nationally recognized as the official memorial for World War 1 and the fallen soldiers from the conflict. It also has breath-taking views atop the monument overlooking downtown and the nearby Union Station.
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]

Under Construction[edit]

Name
Floors
Status
Year estimated
Use
Three Light Tower 25 (300.5 ft) Pre-Construction. Permits Filed Late 2024 Residential
Waddell & Reed Headquarters 18 (260 ft.) Foundation and Framework currently taking place. 2022 Office
1300 Wyandotte Office Tower 14 (190 ft.) Pre-Construction. Plans Submitted (begins Q4 2019) Late 2021 Office
900 Broadway Hyatt Home Hotel 13 (est.120-140ft.) On hold; TBD Est. late 2021-22 Hotel

Approved and Current Proposals[edit]

Name
Floors
Status
Year estimated
Use
Notes
Strata 25 (est. 280 ft.) Approved (First half 2021) 2023 Office Incentives approved, now in pre-construction phase
47Madison 17 Approved TBD Residential On Hold
Four Light Tower 33-35 Proposed TBD Residential/Hotel 2020s - May Include LIVE! or W Hotel and Condominiums
River Market Epoch Complex (Hotel Portion) 12 Proposed 2021 Hotel In The Works - On Hold Because of Red Tape
Crown Center Office Tower 20-30 Proposed 2022-2023 Office Crown Center - General Contractors Interviewed Fall 2019

Envisioned and Cancelled[edit]

Name
Floors
Status
Year Estimated
Use
Details
13th and Grand Blvd Tower 25–30 Envisioned TBD Office Copaken Brooks Proposal
1034 Main 30–40 Envisioned 2021 Office Copaken Brooks Proposal
Cordish Hotel Tower TBD Envisioned TBD Hotel Likely Axed For Strata
KC 14th Street Tower TBD Envisioned TBD Multi Use Aclore Investment Proposal
JW Marriott Kansas City 60 Envisioned N/A Hotel Cancelled - Loews Built Instead
Garmin Landmark Tower 53 Envisioned N/A Office Cancelled - Olathe HQ Expanded
Burns & McDonnell Square 45 Envisioned N/A Office Cancelled - Ward Parkway HQ Expanded Instead
Crossroads Residential Tower 20-24 Envisioned 2021-2022 Residential Cancelled - 16th & Main
Hotel Bravo! 13 Envisioned 2020 Hotel Dead - TIF Request Denied

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. pp. 21, 23, 25, 26, 29, 30, 32, 36, 47.
  • Ehrlich, George (1992). Kansas City, Missouri; An Architectural History, 1826–1990. pp. 197, 201, 161, 187–195, 71, 94–96, 161.
  1. ^ "One Kansas City Place". Emporis.
  2. ^ "KCTV5's Tall Tower" Archived 2011-05-19 at the Wayback Machine, KCTV5, retrieved July 19, 2008.
  3. ^ "Bartle Hall Convention Center", SkycraperPage.com, retrieved July 23, 2008.
  4. ^ The National World War One Museum, Virtual Tour, The Liberty Memorial Tower Archived December 30, 2007, at the Wayback Machine, retrieved July 28, 2008.
  5. ^ "KCI Control Tower", Emporis, retrieved July 23, 2008.

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