One Kansas City Place is the tallest building in Missouri, located in Downtown, Kansas City, Missouri, USA. Built in 1988, it is bounded by 12th Street to the North, Baltimore Avenue to the West, and Main Street to the East. Per PBNI Architects, the building rises 623 vertical feet (189.89 m) from the building's main entrance on Main Street to the top of its spire. The building's roof height, which includes the roof top structure that the spire sits atop, is 585 feet above the building's main entrance. One Kansas City Place was designed by Patty Berkebile Nelson & Immenschuh.

History
The building was constructed as the first part of a much larger project named Kansas City Place, which never was completed. The project was to include townhomes, office towers, and residential/hotel towers. The Kansas City Place project was originally proposed during the real estate boom of the 1980s. The plan was developed by Frank Morgan and his uncle Sherman Dreiseszun who had earlier built Town Pavilion. {} It was proposed for the South Loop (So-Lo) area south of Downtown's Central Business District. The project included a plethora of skyscrapers with uses ranging from offices to hotels and residential buildings. Unsubstantiated claims hold that a major cause of the project's failure to come to its full stature was the complaints of residents, claiming it would "ruin Kansas City's skyline," which had remained largely unchanged for 30 years. One Kansas City Place was to be the third tallest of several towers constructed, though it is the tallest that actually was constructed. Today, it is one of the most recognizable buildings in Kansas City's skyline. Morgan and Dreiseszun (operating as DM Management) would see some of their banks fail in the wake of the project in the Savings and loan crisis. They would be indicted on federal charges of bid rigging to get government contracts. Morgan would die in 1993 and Dreiseszun would plead guilty to a misdemeanor charge and pay a fine of $375,000.


Proposed New Buildings in the Kansas City Place project

Tenants
Bank of America maintains a large branch in the building's lower lobby . The building's largest tenants are Ernst & Young, an accounting firm, and Bryan Cave, a law firm based in St. Louis. Karbank Real Estate Company, a prominent industrial development and brokerage company, occupies the 39th floor. Great Plains Energy and subsidiary Kansas City Power & Light Co. have taken space in the building in 2009. Tentants are provided security by EHI through Securitas AB.

Superlatives
One Kansas City Place replaced the Town Pavilion as the tallest building in Kansas City, and as the tallest building in Missouri.

Lights
At the four sides of its top, One Kansas City Place glows at night with red, white, and blue lights. Throughout the year, the colors change to red and yellow for important Kansas City Chiefs games, blue and white for important Kansas City Royals games, red for Valentine's Day, green for St. Patrick's Day, pink for Breast Cancer Awareness Month (October), and red and green for Christmas. In November 2007, the University of Missouri played the University of Kansas in football at Arrowhead Stadium. The colors on top One Kansas City Place were yellow and white and a giant "M" and "U" appeared in the side of the building, to show its support for the Missouri Tigers in that game. One Kansas City Place is also considered an architectural salute to City Hall, which is located 5 blocks east of Main on 12th Street.

Name Floors Status Two Kansas City Place 65 Cancelled Office Three Kansas City Place 55 Cancelled Office One Kansas City Place 42 Built Office Four Kansas City Place 24 Cancelled Office Kansas City Place Apartments 20 Cancelled Residential 1200 Wyandotte 18 Built Office Kansas City Place Apartments 16 Cancelled Residential Kansas City Place Apartments 14 Cancelled Residential

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