2345 Grand
2345 Grand (formerly the IBM Plaza, IBM Building and Mutual Benefit Life Insurance Company Building) is a skyscraper in Kansas City Missouri. It is listed on many sites as being the work of Mies van der Rohe, however, he died in 1969 before the 1977 opening. The work was done by Fujikawa Conterato Lohan & Associates. The International style building is a smaller version of the IBM Plaza in Chicago that is also attributed to Mies. The building was originally built to be the western headquarters of now defunct Mutual Benefit Life Insurance and an IBM office. At the time, it was called both the Mutual Benefit Building and the IBM Building. It was acquired by the Shorenstein Company, who sold the building for $49.5 million in 2004 to Hines Interests LP and GE Real Estate. They in turn sold the building for $75 million in December 2007 to Franklin Street Properties Corp. The current principal tenant in the building is the law firm of Lathrop and Gage whose name is emblazoned on the top of the building. Three other law firms, Armstrong Teasdale LLP, Shank & Hamilton, P.C., and King Hershey PC, also occupy the building, and it is the headquarters of the Assurant Employee Benefits division of Assurant.


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