McConahay Building in 2010
|Location||1121--1131 E. 31st St., Kansas City, Missouri|
|Area||less than one acre|
|Architect||Peters, Nelle E.|
|Architectural style||Tapestry Brick Commercial|
|NRHP Reference #||78001655|
|Added to NRHP||May 22, 1978|
From the building's completion in May, 1922 to June, 1923, the McConahay building housed Laugh-O-Gram Films, Walt Disney's first commercial film studio, which occupied a five-room suite of studios on the second floor. Disney frequently ate at the Forest Inn Cafe in the building's first floor.
The building was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1978. The application for listing described the building as "a fine local example of tapestry brick design architecture; exterior facades are of brickwork interspersed with cut stone and/or terra cotta blocks to form geometric designs."
Despite the listing, the building had deteriorated to the point where it had been considered for demolition. A local organization, Thank You Walt Disney, Inc., has acquired the building and is in the process of restoring it.
- National Park Service (2009-03-13). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service.
- "National Register of Historic Places Inventory – Nomination Form. McConahay Building. Kansas City, MO. March, 1977." (PDF).
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