Completed in 1906, the First National Bank Building at 10th and Baltimore served as a center of Kansas City's financial life for nearly a century.
But in a textbook case of repurposing, in 2004 it underwent a $49.5 million renovation to emerge as the new Central Library of the Kansas City Public Library system.
Todd Achelpohl, vice president of the architectural firm HNTB, and Jonathan Kemper, president of the Kansas City Public Library Board of Trustees, describe the building's evolution in the next edition of Old Places, New Spaces, this year's Kansas City Architecture series, on Sunday, August 11, 2013, at 2 p.m. at the Plaza Branch, 4801 Main St.
Admission is free. RSVP at kclibrary.org  or call 816.701.3407.