In 1935's The Hollow Man, we have the epitome of the locked-room mystery. Not only is the book the exemplar of the type, but a whole chapter in the book is devoted to a lecture by the main detective on the topic of “locked room” murders.
Many of you will know Phil Kirk as the man for whom we named Kirk Hall at the Central Library. Or as this generation’s downtown Kansas City real estate developer par excellence. Or a genial figure at many of our Library programs and special events.
He was much, much more. His family, and notably his father Jim, were prominent in local business and philanthropy. Jim Kirk's office furniture from Kirk Welding ended up in One North at the Central Library as part of our soft seating there. Mike Kirk, Phil's brother, has been an active supporter of the Library.