Kansas City in Jackson County, Missouri — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
New York Life Building
Kansas City Landmark
Architects: McKim, Mead and White
This Neo-Renaissance Style office building symbolizes the faith of the moneyed East in Kansas City during the unprecedented prosperity of the 1880's. The bronze eagle was cast in the studio of Augustus Saint Gaudens. The barrel-vaulted, skylighted lobby, mosaic floors and lavish use of marble and cherry-wood characterize the fine design. Entered on the National Register of Historic Places in 1970
Erected 1977 by Landmarks Commission of Kansas City, Missouri.
Location. 39° 6.222′ N, 94° 35.047′ W. Marker is in Kansas City, Missouri, in Jackson County. Marker is at the intersection of 9th Street and Baltimore Avenue, on the right when traveling west on 9th Street. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 20 West 9th Street, Kansas City MO 64105, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. New England Building (within shouting distance of this marker); Muse of the Missouri (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Frankel, Frank & Company Building (about 400 feet away); Scarritt Arcade Exchange Hotel Building (about 700 feet away); Phoenix Hotel Building (about 700 feet away); Armour & Volker Building (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Savoy Hotel and Grill (approx. 0.2 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Kansas City.
Also see . . .
1. New York Life Building National Register Nomination. (Submitted on March 29, 2013, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. Landmarks Commission of Kansas City. (Submitted on March 29, 2013, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
3. New York Life Insurance Building. The Historical American Building Survey record for the New York Life Building. Includes 20 photos, schematics, and data. From the statement of significance: Representing the city's expansion during the 1880s into a major business center, the New York Life Building is one of the most significant surviving structures in Kansas City. In 1890, the New York Life Building was the tallest and largest office building in the city and represented the first instance of an eastern company making a substantial investment in the city's development. The building is architecturally significant as a product of the important New York architectural firm of McKim, (Submitted on March 29, 2013.)
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Credits. This page originally submitted on , by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 282 times since then and 13 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on , by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. 4. submitted on . 5. submitted on . This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.