12th and Walnut intersection closed due to part of Andrews McMeel building collapsing

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- A busy intersection in downtown Kansas City is closed Wednesday morning after parts of a well-known building fell overnight.

Crews closed down the intersection at 12th and Walnut and put up barricades so they can clean up the mess that occurred when part of the Andrews McMeel building collapsed.

There’s no word right now on why parts of the building’s façade crumbled to the ground, but officials say the 107-year-old building was being renovated and it did storm pretty hard last night.

The Boley Clothing Company opened up  the building in 1909. The building was one of the first of its kind. It’s called curtain wall architecture, where the entire outside is made of glass and metal. Back in 1909, the building was innovative as most builders used marble and stone.  At the time many thought it looked ugly.

Andrews McMeel moved into the building nine years ago. They publish calendars, cookbooks, humor books and comic strips like Peanuts, Calvin and Hobbes and Garfield.

The building  is on the National registry of Historic Buildings.

There’s no word on how long it will take crews to clean up the mess, but if your commute takes you downtown, you’ll want to avoid the area if you can.