Postcards From the Edge of Time

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Re: Postcards From the Edge of Time

Post by chaglang » Thu Nov 01, 2018 9:49 am

Is that 8th and Main under the left wing?

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Re: Postcards From the Edge of Time

Post by smh » Thu Nov 01, 2018 11:53 am

Am I seeing correctly that Commerce Trust used to be open in the center of the building? I wonder when that changed.

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Re: Postcards From the Edge of Time

Post by chaglang » Thu Nov 01, 2018 2:14 pm

Between 1996 and 2002, according to HistoricAerials.

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Re: Postcards From the Edge of Time

Post by moderne » Thu Nov 01, 2018 2:47 pm

Light wells for light and ventilation were common before modern HVAC and lighting. No one wanted an office/desk far from a window. Now due to the former and also desire for larger floor plates these often get filled in. Another example is the old NY Life bldng(catholic diocese).

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Re: Postcards From the Edge of Time

Post by smh » Thu Nov 01, 2018 3:12 pm

moderne wrote:
Thu Nov 01, 2018 2:47 pm
Light wells for light and ventilation were common before modern HVAC and lighting. No one wanted an office/desk far from a window. Now due to the former and also desire for larger floor plates these often get filled in. Another example is the old NY Life bldng(catholic diocese).
I knew light wells were a thing--I did not realize they were often filled in. That strikes me as a somewhat large undertaking. Very interesting.

This also explains why there are "windows" in some of the conference rooms in the Trust building.

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Re: Postcards From the Edge of Time

Post by FangKC » Sat Nov 03, 2018 2:39 am

The New Nelson building was on the southeast corner of Missouri and Main Street. It was destroyed by fire. I don't know the exact year, but the library has a photo of it intact and dated 1949.

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http://kchistory.org/content/new-nelson-building

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Re: Postcards From the Edge of Time

Post by TheLastGentleman » Wed Nov 14, 2018 10:12 pm

Stumbled across this awesome aerial shot

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The exact same shot today. Note that the houses in the bottom right are still there, as well as the red church at the bottom near the middle

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Re: Postcards From the Edge of Time

Post by moderne » Thu Nov 15, 2018 6:07 pm

I have that first b&w photo in a postcard used for retail promotion. In the upper left it says "Kansas City--HARZFELD'S-- Petticoat Lane." In the lower right it says copyright '45 Millard-Hahn.

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Re: Postcards From the Edge of Time

Post by FangKC » Sun Dec 02, 2018 12:12 pm

Look at all the rooftop signs.

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