Old Places, New Spaces

Old Places, New Spaces

Sundays in July and August, 2015
Plaza Branch, 4801 Main St.

The Library revisits one of the most popular Kansas City Architecture Series themes— Old Places, New Spaces — with four more examples of structures that have been repurposed and given new life.

New York Life Insurance Building – William Worley
Sunday, July 12, 2015 – 2 p.m.
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Local author, educator, and historian William Worley discusses the New York Life Insurance Building (20 W. 9th St.). Regarded as Kansas City’s first skyscraper and its first building equipped with elevators, today it serves as the Catholic Center for the Catholic Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph.


Adams Express Building – Mike Schaadt and Kimberlee Ried
Sunday, July 19, 2015 – 2 p.m.
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PGAV Architects’ Mike Schaadt and Kimberlee Ried of the National Archives at Kansas City explain how the Federal Historic Tax Credit and adaptive reuse technology allowed the Adams Express Building, previously a freight storage structure, to be converted into an archival facility used by the National Archives.


Board of Trade Building – Jon Knight
Sunday, July 26, 2015 – 2 p.m.
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Jon Knight, who oversees design senior principal at Populous, describes the changes being made to the Board of Trade Building (4800 Main St.). The 49-year-old building will soon be the new home of Populous, the Kansas City-based architecture firm specializing in sports stadiums and arena design, as well as various other tenants.


Greek Revival Residence – Mike Yeates and Andrew Mackey
Sunday, August 2, 2015 – 2 p.m.
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Mike Yeates and Andrew Mackey explain how they took an all-but-forgotten home and made it the office site of their business, The Real Estate Store. The home (9550 NE Cookingham Dr) is possibly the oldest in the Kansas City area and a rare early example of Greek Revival architecture in the Midwest.