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Unbuilt KC

Postby TheLastGentleman » Fri Sep 08, 2017 8:21 pm

Union Station
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This shows how the station could have been expanded out the back, at least in early designs.
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Municipal Group
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Liberty Memorial
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Notice the layout of the stairs.
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Crosstown Center
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Louis Kahn Office Building (Apparently his last design)
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KCI
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Location of a Proposed Fourth Terminal
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Multipurpose Dome
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Truman Sports Complex
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Kansas City Place (I've seen this image with a key identifying the names of the buildings, but I couldn't find it again)
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World of Oz Theme Park (Apparently this would have been built over the ruins of the Sunflower Ammunition Plant...)
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Law Building Rehab
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AMC Entertainment District
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1032 Main Tower
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Power and Light District
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Modern Roof for Truman Sports Complex
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Downtown Baseball Stadium
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Three Trails
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South Loop Cap
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Kauffman Center
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Plaza High-rise
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Convention Hotel
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Re: Unbuilt KC

Postby TheLastGentleman » Fri Sep 08, 2017 8:51 pm

Almost forgot about this one.
West Edge
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Demolition....
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Re: Unbuilt KC

Postby ldai_phs » Sun Sep 10, 2017 9:05 pm

Nice!

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Re: Unbuilt KC

Postby kboish » Mon Sep 11, 2017 6:45 am

It still blows my mind that the West Edge got built and then torn down.

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Re: Unbuilt KC

Postby JBmidtown » Mon Sep 11, 2017 3:27 pm

I don't even remember the West Edge project. What's the story behind it?

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Re: Unbuilt KC

Postby mean » Mon Sep 11, 2017 4:34 pm

It was supposed to be Bernstein-Rein's new HQ, and it started being built as a Moshe Safdie design, then the developer got in a fight with JE Dunn over something or other and construction stopped and the partially-built structure sat for a few years before being sold, torn down, and rebuilt to house Polsinelli. I think. There were several years of madness surrounding the whole deal, with the building being sold back and forth between several different companies, at least one bankruptcy, and a reasonably lovely Safdie design that got turned into scrap metal because nobody wanted it.

Something like that, anyway. It's fairly convoluted.

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Re: Unbuilt KC

Postby pash » Mon Sep 11, 2017 5:04 pm

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Re: Unbuilt KC

Postby TheLastGentleman » Mon Sep 11, 2017 7:39 pm

Very interesting article about the Oz theme park.

http://www.thegoddardgroup.com/blog/ind ... rd-part-1/

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Re: Unbuilt KC

Postby flyingember » Tue Sep 12, 2017 6:54 pm

mean wrote:It was supposed to be Bernstein-Rein's new HQ, and it started being built as a Moshe Safdie design, then the developer got in a fight with JE Dunn over something or other and construction stopped and the partially-built structure sat for a few years before being sold, torn down, and rebuilt to house Polsinelli. I think. There were several years of madness surrounding the whole deal, with the building being sold back and forth between several different companies, at least one bankruptcy, and a reasonably lovely Safdie design that got turned into scrap metal because nobody wanted it.

Something like that, anyway. It's fairly convoluted.

There was claims a construction payment was not made for so long that work was purposefully stopped.

The parking garage was saved.

The replacement building ended up being minorly damaged in the explosion across the street. I forget it that created any delay or not.

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Re: Unbuilt KC

Postby WoodDraw » Wed Sep 13, 2017 12:54 am

They didn't have the money to finish the building as designed anyway. It wasn't like we had an architectural icon and knocked it down. It was a completely unworkable project of hubris that nearly ruined businesses close by.

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Re: Unbuilt KC

Postby TheLastGentleman » Fri Oct 20, 2017 7:44 pm

Vol. 2
1910 Union Station Plans (These are in a hallway in Union Station)
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A lot of these next ones came from this book
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Union Station Development
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Union Station as Botanical Garden (With a....submarine?!)
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Science Museum Between the Plaza and Theis Park
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Science City
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Crawford Architects KCI
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JLL KCI
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KCI Mystery Design
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Burns & McDonnell KCI
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AECOM KCI
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Alternative Streetcar Color Scheme
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Union Station Expansions
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Chastain's Union Station Transportation Hub
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Re: Unbuilt KC

Postby warwickland » Tue Oct 31, 2017 3:10 pm

flyingember wrote:
mean wrote:It was supposed to be Bernstein-Rein's new HQ, and it started being built as a Moshe Safdie design, then the developer got in a fight with JE Dunn over something or other and construction stopped and the partially-built structure sat for a few years before being sold, torn down, and rebuilt to house Polsinelli. I think. There were several years of madness surrounding the whole deal, with the building being sold back and forth between several different companies, at least one bankruptcy, and a reasonably lovely Safdie design that got turned into scrap metal because nobody wanted it.

Something like that, anyway. It's fairly convoluted.

There was claims a construction payment was not made for so long that work was purposefully stopped.

The parking garage was saved.

The replacement building ended up being minorly damaged in the explosion across the street. I forget it that created any delay or not.


wtf that is nuts. i had forgotten about this whole thing and kind of lost track of it after i moved back to st. louis.

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Re: Unbuilt KC

Postby warwickland » Tue Oct 31, 2017 3:19 pm

my god, i went back and skimmed the west edge thread. my god!

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Re: Unbuilt KC

Postby rxlexi » Thu Nov 02, 2017 3:09 pm

Despite the utterly absurd debacle that was the West Edge construction process, and the loss of a potentially very attractive Sofdie design, it's worth noting that overall the West Edge has been a hugely positive addition to the Plaza, IMO.

First, the original southern building, opened as Hotel Sorella, now Fontaine, was retained. It's a great design, with well hidden parking, a great rooftop pool area and bar/dining room, and terraced views of Sunset Hills. I love it.

The Polsinelli office building, while disappointing compared to the Sofdie design, is bland, OK I guess, but offers some of the most sought after Class A space on the Plaza as well as new homes for JJ's, Jax Oyster House, and now Monarch cocktail bar. All well done, all bring something unique to plaza nightlife. JJs and Monarch patios are actually quite attractive with interesting views of the surrounding hood.

That being said, STILL wish they had kept the original, constructed (!) building with the swoopy metallic lobby and Advertising Icon museum, and potential corner grocer.

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Re: Unbuilt KC

Postby TheLastGentleman » Wed Nov 15, 2017 9:52 pm

Here's more of the early P&L design. They came from here if anyone's interested. https://williamcorneli.wordpress.com/20 ... s-city-mo/
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Re: Unbuilt KC

Postby TheLastGentleman » Mon Nov 20, 2017 6:09 pm

Just curious, which projects in this thread would you all have liked better than what actually got built and why? West Edge seems to be an obvious one, but what others?

My personal pick would have to be the original design for Liberty Memorial.

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The scale would have been insane. It looks like they would have had to excavate half the hill to build it! I also like the stairs going down to the fountain.


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