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by herrfrank
Fri Feb 19, 2021 1:05 pm
Forum: Downtown
Topic: Old KCPS HQ - 12th & McGee
Replies: 305
Views: 54437

Re: Old KCPS HQ - 12th & McGee

Here is a pic my grandmother snapped in early 1963 of the glass tile mural at the old KCMO Board of Ed building.

https://photos.app.goo.gl/hA2UEzFbNEAChdTT9
by herrfrank
Mon Feb 15, 2021 1:42 pm
Forum: Kansas City Photos
Topic: Plaza Pics from old
Replies: 4
Views: 360

Plaza Pics from old

As I am digitizing some family pictures, I have found a number of candid shots of the Plaza, including the 1957 Plaza Art Fair. So I have put together a Google album of Plaza and environs...

https://photos.app.goo.gl/MpaeCXqZbbUv65iX9
by herrfrank
Mon Feb 15, 2021 1:02 pm
Forum: Kansas City Transportation
Topic: Phase 2 streetcar to UMKC
Replies: 2838
Views: 410638

Re: Phase 2 streetcar to UMKC

Some relevant pics in the album below, including two shots of the final run of the Country Club streetcar line on June 22, 1957. On the same roll of film, my Dad (pictured with his plane) took a shot of the North Loop being cleared downtown for I-70. La plus ca change... https://photos.app.goo.gl/Gi...
by herrfrank
Mon Feb 15, 2021 12:25 pm
Forum: Downtown
Topic: Crown Center: urban disaster, shining star, or in-between
Replies: 1176
Views: 164006

Re: Crown Center: urban disaster, shining star, or in-between

Multiple pics from family Kodachromes in the album below. The last pic, a large cloth "mural" was hanging in Hall's for many years - about 8 feet by 10 feet. Elaborately embellished with "found art" as we would say today. The main Crown Center lobby pics were taken in Christmas 1973 and another one ...
by herrfrank
Mon Feb 15, 2021 10:37 am
Forum: Downtown
Topic: Crown Center: urban disaster, shining star, or in-between
Replies: 1176
Views: 164006

Re: Crown Center: urban disaster, shining star, or in-between

^^That's the original Hall's indeed. Behind where the cameraman is standing, next to the men's department, a clubby salesroom featured an assortment of model trains and accoutrements of all stripes, where I spent many weekend hours in the 1970s. I have some family Kodachromes from 1973 showing the m...
by herrfrank
Tue Feb 09, 2021 3:16 pm
Forum: General Kansas City
Topic: KC in TV and Movies
Replies: 1773
Views: 290684

Re: KC in TV and Movies

I think one of the reasons that Altman's "Kansas City" didn't get as much play nor box-office as expected, is because an arguably much better period drama about KC had just been released six years earlier, namely the Merchant-Ivory adaptation of "Mr. and Mrs. Bridge." Even as a fan of Jennifer Jason...
by herrfrank
Sun Feb 07, 2021 2:18 pm
Forum: Downtown
Topic: OFFICIAL - KC Star Printing Press
Replies: 220
Views: 27987

Re: OFFICIAL - KC Star Printing Press

Just received an insert in today's KC Sunday Star. The Star has begun printing in Des Moines, as have its franchised subcontractees (like the WSJ and Barron's). The implication is that nothing is being printed downtown anymore. The insert was included by the delivery guy btw, not mentioned in the St...
by herrfrank
Tue Jan 26, 2021 5:14 pm
Forum: Kansas City Transportation
Topic: Phase 2 streetcar to UMKC
Replies: 2838
Views: 410638

Re: Phase 2 streetcar to UMKC

^^^As with all personal $$$ metrics, the average is very different from the individual data points. Some people are incredibly frugal with their expenses, and others are spendthrift. One person in my family drives an 80k car, and gets a new one every three years (lease). Between pass-through propert...
by herrfrank
Fri Jan 15, 2021 3:46 pm
Forum: Kansas City Sports
Topic: NHL OR NBA, let the message board decide!!
Replies: 2529
Views: 286772

Re: NHL OR NBA, let the message board decide!!

Some wealthy families in KC: Bloch - Uhlmann: possible (but money was just diffused by an estate transfer) Kauffman: already invested in the Royals, don't think she wants another franchise Hall: I have a suspicion that business is off (not publicly traded so hard to say), and they have their hands f...
by herrfrank
Sat Jan 09, 2021 11:43 am
Forum: Urban Core
Topic: Main St. Buick GMC Site - 3200 Main St.
Replies: 21
Views: 1627

Re: Main St. Buick GMC Site - 3200 Main St.

This property was Major Cadillac for decades -- the Major family had a trophy house on Ward Parkway, and their son paid tuition and was in my class at SME, when cross-border tuition was still allowed (in the 1980s). I think that the Major family bought out the Greenlease dealership (although differe...
by herrfrank
Thu Dec 31, 2020 7:42 pm
Forum: Downtown
Topic: Crown Center: urban disaster, shining star, or in-between
Replies: 1176
Views: 164006

Re: Crown Center: urban disaster, shining star, or in-between

Well I guess I'll take some blame for (re)kindling the phrase "honky tube" on these boards several years ago. It was an expression that my brother overheard circa 1979 when we (as kids) used to walk from the Main Street garage via skyway (the really primitive one from the 1950s) to the Commerce Towe...
by herrfrank
Wed Dec 30, 2020 8:51 pm
Forum: Kansas City Transportation
Topic: We are getting a new airport!!!
Replies: 770
Views: 106431

Re: We are getting a new airport!!!

The viewshed of the premier structure would have been better served by making the garage more subterranean. It's like buying a Faberge Egg, and positioning the box it came in one inch away, permanently obscuring it from several angles.
by herrfrank
Wed Dec 30, 2020 8:45 pm
Forum: Urban Core
Topic: Katz on Main
Replies: 37
Views: 2321

Re: Katz on Main

A historical note. The architect of this 1934 Katz store was Clarence Kivett ( born Kivovitch -- Ike and Mike Katz were his uncles -- Ashkenazim ). He won this job over more established architects, and by going "all in" on the 1930s streamlined Deco look, he established his name as willing to do des...
by herrfrank
Wed Dec 23, 2020 4:09 pm
Forum: Kansas City Transportation
Topic: KCI Flight Schedule Adjustments
Replies: 1113
Views: 195793

Re: KCI Flight Schedule Adjustments

^ Wouldn't that be nice? I was just thinking about the Halekulani this morning. Chatted with a station lead for AA before my midday flight to MIA on Sunday. 2x daily MCI-MIA is not permanent, just occasional (rather than seasonal), but it is nice not to wake at 4am to make a 530 departure for south ...
by herrfrank
Mon Dec 21, 2020 10:11 am
Forum: Downtown
Topic: Remodeling Town Pavillion
Replies: 148
Views: 28510

Re: Remodeling Town Pavillion

The glaring defect with the current configuration is that people walking in the honky tube from the Commerce Building have no method to continue to the 12th and Walnut block honky tube. Much of the Town Pavilion second floor is secured, so a pedestrian must descend to the lobby level at the north en...
by herrfrank
Fri Dec 11, 2020 6:01 pm
Forum: Downtown
Topic: Crown Center: urban disaster, shining star, or in-between
Replies: 1176
Views: 164006

Re: Crown Center: urban disaster, shining star, or in-between

geez, they should call the local News stations. They would be all over that story. Hell stop by Channel 4, it very close. Feel sorry for them, No way someone in their 90's should walk up that many stairs. I would think the risk of a law suit if they fell would get this resolved yesterday. That mana...
by herrfrank
Fri Dec 11, 2020 10:34 am
Forum: Downtown
Topic: Crown Center: urban disaster, shining star, or in-between
Replies: 1176
Views: 164006

Re: Crown Center: urban disaster, shining star, or in-between

Crown Center's "crown jewel," San Francisco Tower has been without elevator service for the past three days. All three elevators (two standard passenger, one oversized freight) are inoperable. A certain nonagenarian, nine-figure millionaire who owns a fast food empire and lives on the 28th floor is ...
by herrfrank
Wed Dec 09, 2020 12:43 pm
Forum: Urban Core
Topic: proposed Valentine QuickTrip
Replies: 100
Views: 10131

Re: proposed Valentine QuickTrip

Suspect they will ask to vacate and close that stretch of Summit and make access to 39th go through their parking lot. The Reintjes family will never allow that. Speaking of that block, I briefly temped (like one week) at USBA while home from college in the 1980s, which occupied half of the buildin...
by herrfrank
Tue Dec 08, 2020 12:14 pm
Forum: Urban Living
Topic: Real Estate Listings of Interest (Metrowide)
Replies: 143
Views: 87873

Re: Real Estate Listings of Interest (Metrowide)

I was sad to see how much was torn out. The stair hall was semi-intact. The original railing with crystal orbs is still there! The decorative, spiraling plaster ceiling was there, too. Are you sure the light fixture was a knock off? It didn't shine like the one in the photo below, but it was really...
by herrfrank
Mon Dec 07, 2020 1:39 pm
Forum: Urban Living
Topic: Real Estate Listings of Interest (Metrowide)
Replies: 143
Views: 87873

Re: Real Estate Listings of Interest (Metrowide)

i'm slow on the uptake for this one. the bixby house is not only for sale, it's been totally gutted by what appears to be a foreclosure on "USREEB Realty Pros LLC" and/or 1 big red llc: https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/6505-State-Line-Rd-Kansas-City-MO-64113/2415821_zpid/ I am sorry to say that t...