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Board of Public Utilities Building

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Identification

Board of Public Utilities Building
The KCK BPU Building
199395

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Structure in General

low-rise building
existing [completed]
brick
applied masonry
light brown

Usages

institutional office

Facts

  • The Board of Public Utilities provides water and light service within the corporate limits of the Unified Government of Wyandotte County, Kansas City, KS.
  • The AIA Awards Jury cited the building's noteworthy lighting, overall design pattern, and the sign graphics at the front entrance.
  • Interestingly, an historic building from another century stood on this site before: The 3,000 seat Electric Theater, built with a full orchestra pit in 1902 for vaudeville (before silent films) saw its final curtain call followed by a wrecking ball in 1969.
  • Although it's administrated by a separate, publicly elected, six-member board, the building is a property of the Unified Government.
  • This building has received three distinguished awards for its architectural and lighting designs from the Central States Region of the American Institute of Architects. There were more than 150 entries.

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Location

540 Minnesota Avenue
540 Minnesota Avenue
66101
Downtown
Kansas City
Kansas
U.S.A.

Technical Data

47.54 ft
4
2
2001
2003

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