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The historic 'New York Life Building' built in 1890 has been The Catholic Center since 2010
The New York Life Building is a high-rise standing 12 stories tall in the tower with 10-story wings in the Library District of downtown Kansas City, Missouri. The building is located at 20 West Ninth Street. The construction completion of this building was in 1890.
It is an H plan structure possessing two ten-story arms linked together by a twelve-story square tower. (Source.)
In 1970, this building was listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Frederick Elmer Hill
In 1885, architect Frederick Elmer Hill of the New York City firm of McKim, Mead & White, designed the building. Hill was an 1882 graduate of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. In 1885, he came to Kansas City to supervise the construction initially. Hill stayed until 1901.
Hill designed other buildings from 1893 to 1895. He helped with the design and construction of what's known as Grace and Holy Trinity Cathedral today close to Quality Hill. He also designed Convention Hall which was torn down in 1936 when a parking lot was built for the Municipal Auditorium.
The architectural style is Italianate Renaissance Revival. The exterior is brick and brownstone. In front of the building is a bald eagle statue tending to its own eaglets in a nest. The sculptor was Louis St. Gaudens. The piece contains more than two tons of cast bronze. Amazing.
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