KCMO City Hall Building Celebrates 75th Birthday
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — City leaders and residents gathered at City Hall on Thursday in honor of the historic building’s 75th birthday.
“The present City Hall has endured the test of time; it is a fully functional and monumental building that has served our residents every day for the last 75 years,” said City Manager Schulte. “While some communities have built new city halls, Kansas City is one of a few large cities that has maintained its City Hall, choosing to leave a historical legacy for our residents for years to come.”
The Beaux Arts-style building was opened in 1937, and was constructed as part of a Depression-era “Ten-Year Plan.” It contains 6,800 tons of steel, 7,800 tons of stone and over 20,000 cubic feet of concrete, in addition to brass Art Deco details and ornamentation.
When it opened, the 443-foot, 30-story building was the tallest building in the state of Missouri, and remains one of the tallest city halls in the nation.