Postcards From the Edge of Time

A place to post and request pictures of Kansas City.
User avatar
FangKC
City Hall
City Hall
Posts: 15555
Joined: Sat Jul 26, 2003 10:02 pm
Location: Old Northeast -- Indian Mound

Re: Postcards From the Edge of Time

Post by FangKC »

Before it was the Western Auto Building, it was the Coca-Cola Building.

https://www.flatlandkc.org/curiouskc/qu ... like-that/

moderne
Oak Tower
Oak Tower
Posts: 4583
Joined: Fri Sep 03, 2004 2:50 pm
Location: Mount Hope

Re: Postcards From the Edge of Time

Post by moderne »

Would like to see that old Coca Cola signage. I remember the fancy illuminated Coke sign on the west side of I-35 and SW Tfwy. I had no idea McGee had a loess canyon where the Sheraton now is.

User avatar
FangKC
City Hall
City Hall
Posts: 15555
Joined: Sat Jul 26, 2003 10:02 pm
Location: Old Northeast -- Indian Mound

Re: Postcards From the Edge of Time

Post by FangKC »

Vogue Theater, 3444 Broadway in 1940.

Image

https://www.google.com/maps/@39.0649533 ... 384!8i8192

User avatar
FangKC
City Hall
City Hall
Posts: 15555
Joined: Sat Jul 26, 2003 10:02 pm
Location: Old Northeast -- Indian Mound

Re: Postcards From the Edge of Time

Post by FangKC »

The Empress Theater was designed by architect Louis Curtiss, who had his studio next door. The photo is from 1926. In the background, you see the decorative tower of the Pantages Theater, which at one time was called the Tower Theater.

Image

https://jchs.odyssey.historyit.com/item ... 08/gallery

A photo from 1922.

Image

From 1928. Note the marquee has been changed.

Image

Today.

https://www.google.com/maps/@39.0998086 ... 384!8i8192

User avatar
FangKC
City Hall
City Hall
Posts: 15555
Joined: Sat Jul 26, 2003 10:02 pm
Location: Old Northeast -- Indian Mound

Re: Postcards From the Edge of Time

Post by FangKC »

12th Street and McGee at night. Photo: 1927.

Image

https://jchs.odyssey.historyit.com/item ... 94/gallery

herrfrank
New York Life
New York Life
Posts: 379
Joined: Wed Aug 21, 2013 2:12 pm

Re: Postcards From the Edge of Time

Post by herrfrank »

Lots of these buildings were still standing in the late 1960s and early 1970s. Going downtown was kind of like an archaeological dig back then (it was slightly seedy, but kids from school would go down there during daylight hours). Never heard of any serious crimes except for the brief period of the riots, which were really more south and east, around Troost in midtown.

For better or for worse, once Halls started all the work on Crown Center, it seemed to open up the floodgates for demolitions of the intact but unused buildings that had been left standing after the highways went in.

User avatar
TheLastGentleman
Penntower
Penntower
Posts: 2073
Joined: Tue Jun 13, 2017 9:27 pm

Re: Postcards From the Edge of Time

Post by TheLastGentleman »

I wish the Trader’s garage hadn’t wiped that corner. Nice row of Curtiss buildings. At least the studio (barely) survives. I’ve heard that it had a secret passage to the theater next door, so curtiss could watch the shows!

moderne
Oak Tower
Oak Tower
Posts: 4583
Joined: Fri Sep 03, 2004 2:50 pm
Location: Mount Hope

Re: Postcards From the Edge of Time

Post by moderne »

Was the bldng on the nw corner of 12 & McGee also Curtiss? It looks like a prequel for the Boley.

User avatar
FangKC
City Hall
City Hall
Posts: 15555
Joined: Sat Jul 26, 2003 10:02 pm
Location: Old Northeast -- Indian Mound

Re: Postcards From the Edge of Time

Post by FangKC »

Yes, that two-story retail building on the NW corner (next to the Empress Theater) was a Curtiss-design. It was called the Missouri Building at one time. There was also another building called the Missouri Building on the block of 10th, 11th, Grand and McGee. It was next to the Shoppers Parkade garage. I don't think they were called Missouri Building at the same time though.

I've always suspected that the remaining building (where Zoo Bar is) on the SW corner of 12th and McGee is an early Curtiss design as well, but I've never been able to substantiate it.

User avatar
FangKC
City Hall
City Hall
Posts: 15555
Joined: Sat Jul 26, 2003 10:02 pm
Location: Old Northeast -- Indian Mound

Re: Postcards From the Edge of Time

Post by FangKC »

Here is a postcard of the retail building on that corner next to the Empress Theater.

https://kchistory.org/islandora/object/ ... m/OBJ/view

Photo:

https://jchs.odyssey.historyit.com/item ... 25/gallery

Image

This is the only image I can find that shows that the building was called the Missouri Building.
Last edited by FangKC on Wed Jul 21, 2021 10:40 pm, edited 2 times in total.

User avatar
TheLastGentleman
Penntower
Penntower
Posts: 2073
Joined: Tue Jun 13, 2017 9:27 pm

Re: Postcards From the Edge of Time

Post by TheLastGentleman »

Fang, your pictures are not displaying in the thread. Good finds though!

User avatar
FangKC
City Hall
City Hall
Posts: 15555
Joined: Sat Jul 26, 2003 10:02 pm
Location: Old Northeast -- Indian Mound

Re: Postcards From the Edge of Time

Post by FangKC »

Sorry, apparently IMGUR did an update and it's changed how to link to images.

User avatar
FangKC
City Hall
City Hall
Posts: 15555
Joined: Sat Jul 26, 2003 10:02 pm
Location: Old Northeast -- Indian Mound

Re: Postcards From the Edge of Time

Post by FangKC »

Palace Clothing Company at Night, 1924.

Image

herrfrank
New York Life
New York Life
Posts: 379
Joined: Wed Aug 21, 2013 2:12 pm

Re: Postcards From the Edge of Time

Post by herrfrank »

I've got several neckties and a couple of suits from Palace (borrowed from my Dad). It used to dominate the men's clothing retail space in KC, but it did not make (attempt to make) the transition to the suburbs. The company, and that building, closed in 1964.

moderne
Oak Tower
Oak Tower
Posts: 4583
Joined: Fri Sep 03, 2004 2:50 pm
Location: Mount Hope

Re: Postcards From the Edge of Time

Post by moderne »

There was a Palace branch store at The Landing at 63rd and Troost.

flyingember
Mark Twain Tower
Mark Twain Tower
Posts: 9364
Joined: Tue Jul 17, 2012 7:54 am

Re: Postcards From the Edge of Time

Post by flyingember »

moderne wrote:
Thu Jul 22, 2021 2:01 pm
There was a Palace branch store at The Landing at 63rd and Troost.
Metcalf South (1967) opened three years after the owner retired (1964). The closest notable malls was Mission Center (1956) and Antioch Center (1956)

63rd and Troost wasn't more of less suburban in that era than those other locations.

If the store has lasted another decade with new ownership/management maybe it would have opened more locations and been absorbed by a bigger chain in the 1980s or 90s

User avatar
FangKC
City Hall
City Hall
Posts: 15555
Joined: Sat Jul 26, 2003 10:02 pm
Location: Old Northeast -- Indian Mound

Re: Postcards From the Edge of Time

Post by FangKC »

The Palace Clothing Company store originally was in the Ridge Building at 909-919 Main.

https://kchistory.org/image/ridge-build ... ffset%5D=4

Post Reply