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Kansas City in Jackson County, Missouri — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
 

New York Life Building

Kansas City Landmark

 
 
New York Life Building Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., February 2, 2013
1. New York Life Building Marker
Inscription.

Architects: McKim, Mead and White
Constructed: 1887-90

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. Touch 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
New York Life Building image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., February 2, 2013
2. New York Life Building
Marker is near the left column, not visible
(about 700 feet away); 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). Touch for a list and map 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
New York Life Building image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., February 2, 2013
3. New York Life Building
Now The Catholic Center
Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph
of McKim, Mead and White.
(Submitted on March 29, 2013.) 
 
Categories. Notable Buildings
 
South Front, Detail of Sculpture Over Doorway image. Click for full size.
Historic American Buildings Survey, circa 1970s
4. South Front, Detail of Sculpture Over Doorway
A monumental bronze sculpture above the building's entrance depicts an eagle with outstretched wings, protecting two eaglets in a nest from an intruding snake. An appropriate symbol for an insurance company, this work was commissioned by the New York Life Company, whose own insignia was an eagle atop a bell supported by two kneeling figures. Once attributed to the studio of Augustus Saint-Gaudens, the sculpture has now been established as the work of the sculptor's lesser-known brother, Louis. - Historic American Buildings Survey
<i>New York Life Building, Kansas City, Mo.</i> image. Click for full size.
Postcard by S.H. Knox & Co., circa 1910
5. New York Life Building, Kansas City, Mo.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on March 29, 2013, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 288 times since then and 19 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on March 29, 2013, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.   4. submitted on March 29, 2013.   5. submitted on September 5, 2015.
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