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Monthly Event Hosted by 1828 Walnut St Building
May 28, 2014 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
The building is a historical landmark and is listed on the National Registry of Historic Places. It was built in 1920 by the four daughters of building contractor and real estate developer Thomas Corrigan, who, ironically, with his brother Bernard Corrigan consolidated and purchased downtown street rail lines and tuned them into the Metropolitan Street Railway System, thus facilitating rapid growth in Kansas City beginning in the late 1880’s. Originally designed for the 1st floor and basement to house a federal post office, The Gateway Station, the building became home to one of the most famous Kansas City companies, the Donnelly Garment Company from 1927 to 1948. During this period the company established itself as the largest dress manufacturer’s label in America and Nelly Don, the founder and operator became the first woman pioneer in the garment manufacturing business and a national celebrity.
Physically and architecturally, the building is one of the most distinct in the area. It was designed by Keene & Simpson Architects, who also designed the Jackson County Courthouse and Commerce Tower. The 10-story building has an ornate brick façade with stone architectural detail on the east and south faces . The west façade of the building, which is also brick, was considered the back of the building but is also very interesting architecturally including a 100 foot long by 25 foot deep loading dock facing Main Street. The development will make this west façade a primary focus and backdrop for the central intersection of 19th and Main Street as well as the Streetcar line.