Western Auto Building

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Western Auto Building
Western Auto.jpg
Location2107 Grand Boulevard., Kansas City, Missouri
Coordinates39°5′16″N 94°34′52″W / 39.08778°N 94.58111°W / 39.08778; -94.58111Coordinates: 39°5′16″N 94°34′52″W / 39.08778°N 94.58111°W / 39.08778; -94.58111
ArchitectArthur C. Tufts & Company
Architectural styleChicago school (Commercial)
NRHP reference #88001300[1]
Added to NRHPAugust 18, 1988

The Western Auto Building, also known as the Coca-Cola Building or the Candler Building, is located at 2107 Grand Boulevard, in the Crossroads neighborhood of Kansas City, Missouri. It is at the corner of 21st Street and Grand Boulevard and is currently a part of Western Auto Lofts, a loft association of three adjacent buildings.


The twelve-story building was designed by Arthur C. Tufts & Co. and built by the Swenson Construction Company, for the Coca-Cola Company in 1914. The plot of land, originally purchased in 1913, was triangular, which gave the 12-story building its distinctive shape. The building was built in the commercial style, a more utilitarian style than was typical of contemporary architecture.[2]

It later was the headquarters of the Western Auto Supply Company, whose multi-story lighted sign still tops the building. The building and its sign are visible from much of the Crossroads and the surrounding neighborhoods, as well as to drivers on Interstate 35. This visibility, together with the structure's longevity, has made the Western Auto Building a city landmark. The sign was relit on July 13, 2018 at 8:45pm Central time, having been refurbished with funding from the current condo association.

The building was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1988[1] and is now a loft condominium.[3]


  1. ^ a b "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2009-03-13.
  2. ^ Kansas City Business Journal - Oct 3, 2013
  3. ^ Western Auto Lofts - Retrieved 31 March 2011