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Identification

Union Station
Science City at Union Station
217253

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Structure in General

low-rise building
existing [completed]
granite
applied masonry
gray
beaux-arts / historism

Usages

museum
theater/opera

Facts

  • It became a federally protected structure when it was placed on the National Register of Historic places in 1972. In 1986, the building received a similar designation from the City of Kansas City, MO, Landmarks Commission.
  • As air travel increased sharply after World War II, there was a corresponding drop in rail travel until Amtrak abandoned the station in 1974.
  • There are two legends about the clock shown in one photo in the waiting room: First, it was often referred to as being the "Big Ben of the Plains," a play on the name of London's famous clock.
  • And, second: people would often tell friends to "Meet me under the clock" because it was easy to find and centrally lcoated in the station.
  • The "1933 Union Station Massacre" occurred when mobster Frank Nash and four law enforcement officers were killed in a botched attempt by Nash's friends to spring him. This incident was one of the first to put a young FBI Director, J. Edgar Hoover, in the national spotlight.
  • The renovation of Union Station cost a total of $258-million. (ED. NOTE: All of the facts in this column were provided by Union Station and the Smithsonian Institution.).

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Location

30 West Pershing Road
30 West Pershing Road
64108
Kansas City
Missouri
U.S.A.

Technical Data

115.00 ft
5
3
1911
1914
1999

Involved Companies

Jarvis Hunt

Features & Amenities

  • One of the city's famous buildings
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