From the Architect's Corner - Art and Architecture Week 4

While perusing the internet doing research for this week's blog I came across this quote. “We all see more of architecture than of any other art,” the writer C.E. Montague once wrote. “Every street is a gallery of architects’ work.” I found this fitting as we near the end of the month that celebrates art and architecture.

Living in Kansas City, we're surrounded by stunning architecture. Below are a few of my favorite buildings in the city in which I grew up.

1. The Kansas City Public Library - I was actually surprised to see the Kansas City Public Library named again and again on lists ranking odd and unusual architecture. Called the Community Bookshelf, this amazing wall of books spans the parking garage of our city's Public Library. According to the library's website, there are 22 books featured and they stand 25 feet high and 9 feet wide.

Kansas City Public Library
Photo from the website of the Kansas City Public Library

2. Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts - This building is new to the Kansas City skyline, opening its doors to the public in September of 2011 after breaking ground in late 2006. According to the center's website, it is nearly 285,000 square feet with two large performance halls. It was designed by architect Moshe Safdie and is the home of the Kansas City Symphony, the Kansas City Ballet and the Kansas City Lyric Opera. The curved roof is just amazing, talk about luxury roof for a luxury building!

Kauffman Center of Performing Arts
This photo belongs to the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts

3. The Kansas City Power and Light Building - This historic Kansas City landmark was completed in 1931. It was Missouri's tallest building, standing at 36 stories tall, for 35 years. According to building's Wikipedia page, the original design by architect Hoit, Price and Barnes included a twin building to be built on the west side of the original building, but that plan was abandoned after the Great Depression. Because of this, the west side of the building actually has no windows! This fixture on our city's skyline is a classic example of the art deco style architecture popular in the mid 20th century. Today, this building is the focal point of the new Kansas City Power and Light District located in downtown Kansas City.
Kansas City Power and Light Building
The Kansas City Power and Light Building

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