Opulance defines Scarritt building

By MICHAEL BUSHNELL
Northeast News
April 3, 2013 

Built in 1907 by the Scarritt Estate Company (formed in 1903 by the children of the prominent early-day Kansas Citian, Nathan Scarritt, who migrated to Western Missouri in 1848 as teacher and preacher), the Scarritt Building cost $750,000 and was Kansas City’s second “skyscraper.”

The R. A. Long building was first, and the National Bank of Commerce (now Commerce Bank) was Kansas City’s third. For many years, these buildings dominated the downtown skyline as Kansas City’s tallest structures.

The three entrances to the Scarritt Building were on Grand Avenue, Ninth Street and on Walnut through a four-story arcade adjoining the building on the west.

The building was designed by the Kansas City architectural firm of Root & Siemens, which also designed the George Peck Dry Goods Company building, the Westport M.E. Church, and the Country Club Christian Church. One notable residence designed by Root & Siemens is the stone mission home of J.P. Townley, located at 3400 Gladstone Blvd.

For many years the Scarritt Building housed the offices of the Kansas City Gas Company. During the mid 1980s, the building underwent an extensive restoration project totaling more than $14 million. The building stands today as a testament to one of Kansas City’s first families.

 

 

Comments are closed.

  • Florida scene warms KC recipient’s winter

    February 3rd, 2016
    by

    Northeast News Originally sent to Miss Josephine Eakins of 3514 Forest Ave. in Kansas City on Feb.


    Airport transformed KC transportation

    January 27th, 2016
    by

    Northeast News Kansas City’s Municipal Airport was once a swampy, 687-acre bog located in an ox-bow area along the great bend of the Missouri River.


    Missouri’s home-state railroad

    January 20th, 2016
    by

    Northeast News Published for the Missouri Pacific–Iron Mountain Railway, this promotional postcard shows a picturesque view as described by the caption, “Along the Missouri River for more than 100 miles


    Hotel President still charms downtown Kansas City

    January 13th, 2016
    by

    Northeast News “The Hotel President located at 1329 Baltimore opened in January of 1926 is a magnificent fifteen-story structure incorporating therein all that is best in modern hotel construction.


    Larrapin Lou and the Babe

    January 6th, 2016
    by

    Northeast News George Herman “Babe” Ruth and “Larrapin” Lou Gehrig played in a barnstorming game on Oct.


  • Historic happy holidays

    December 30th, 2015
    by

    Northeast News Happy New Year!
    Sent on Dec. 31, 1905, to Mrs. E. T. Van Winkle of Hornellsville, N.Y., this unusual New Year’s card bears a black-and-white photograph of angels in


    Holy Rosary crib tradition a holiday classic

    December 23rd, 2015
    by

    Northeast News This real photo postcard of the Holy Rosary Church’s Christmas crib was taken during the 1941 holiday season.


    Beauty springs eternal on Historic Northeast’s Cliff Drive

    December 16th, 2015
    by

    Northeast News “Fountain and Cliff Drive, North Terrace Park, Kansas City Missouri.”
    So reads the description on this divided back, hand-colored postcard, published around 1910.


    KCK mayor creates fine architecture

    December 9th, 2015
    by

    Northeast News The cornerstone for the Masonic Temple at 803 N. Seventh St. in Kansas City, Kan., was laid Nov.


    Armour mansion an 1800s wonder

    December 2nd, 2015
    by

    Northeast News When Kirkland B. Armour began construction of his palatial mansion on the boulevard that bears the name of his uncle, Simeon B.


  • Local Weather

  • What’s Happening

    Northeast residents get a glimpse of future with possible designs of The Paseo Gateway

    Northeast News Feb. 4, 2016 KANSAS CITY, Missouri — Kansas City’s Parks and Recreation department hosted an open house last […]

    City to Speedy Cash – you’re done

    Michael Bushnell Northeast News Feb. 3, 2016 KANSAS CITY, Missouri — The wrecking ball has been spared once at the […]

    Inn at 425 offers many opportunities to explore NE

    Northeast News KANSAS CITY, Missouri — When your bed and breakfast gets lumped into groups with Kansas City's best hotels, you know you're probably doing something right.