McConahay Building

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McConahay Building
Laugh-o-gram 2010.JPG
McConahay Building in 2010
McConahay Building is located in Missouri
McConahay Building
McConahay Building is located in the US
McConahay Building
Location 1121--1131 E. 31st St., Kansas City, Missouri
Coordinates 39°4′13″N 94°34′12″W / 39.07028°N 94.57000°W / 39.07028; -94.57000Coordinates: 39°4′13″N 94°34′12″W / 39.07028°N 94.57000°W / 39.07028; -94.57000
Area less than one acre
Built 1922
Architect Peters, Nelle E.
Architectural style Tapestry Brick Commercial
NRHP reference # 78001655[1]
Added to NRHP May 22, 1978

The McConahay Building in Kansas City, Missouri is a two-story Tapestry Brick building designed by prominent Kansas City architect Nelle E. Peters in 1922.[2]

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.[1] 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.


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