One Kansas City Place

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One Kansas City Place
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General information
TypeCommercial offices
Location1200 Main St
Kansas City, Missouri
Coordinates39°05′59″N 94°35′01″W / 39.099714°N 94.583729°W / 39.099714; -94.583729Coordinates: 39°05′59″N 94°35′01″W / 39.099714°N 94.583729°W / 39.099714; -94.583729
Construction started1985; 34 years ago (1985)
Completed1988; 31 years ago (1988)
CostUS$140 million
OwnerExecutive Hills Management Inc.
Antenna spire199.3 m (654 ft)
Roof190.1 m (624 ft)
Technical details
Floor count42
below ground 5
Floor area80,515 m2 (866,660 sq ft)
Design and construction
ArchitectPatty Berkebile Nelson & Immenschuh
Structural engineerSeiden & Page/Page McNaghten Associates
Main contractorTom Martin Construction

One Kansas City Place is the tallest building in the U.S. state of Missouri. It is 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, this 190.1 m (624 ft) skyscraper was designed by Patty Berkebile Nelson & Immenschuh and replaced the Town Pavilion as the city's tallest building.

One Kansas City Place was designed to be an '80s version of Kansas City's famed 30-story Art Deco building Kansas City City Hall, which is located five blocks east of Main on 12th Street.[4]


Looking up at One Kansas City Place from Main Street.
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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 had 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 was actually 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.[5]


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[edit]

Name Floors Status Use
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
1200 Wyandotte 18 Built Office
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.[6] 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.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ One Kansas City Place at Emporis
  2. ^ "One Kansas City Place". SkyscraperPage.
  3. ^ One Kansas City Place at Structurae
  4. ^
  5. ^ Staff writers (December 3, 2007). "Iconic developer Dreiseszun dies". The Kansas City Business Journal. Retrieved 17 November 2011.
  6. ^ "Bank of America shown at 1200 Main". Yahoo Local. Retrieved 7 July 2012.

External links[edit]

  • 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