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Property Name Murdock C.A., Manufacturing Company Building
Reference Number 16000234
State Missouri
County Jackson
Town Kansas City
Street Address 1225-1227 Union Avenue
Multiple Property Submission Name Railroad Related Historic Commercial and Industrial Resources in Kansas City, Missouri
Status Listed 5/10/2016
Areas of Significance COMMERCE, ARCHITECTURE
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The C.A. Murdock Manufacturing Company Building (Murdock Building), located at 1225-27 Union Avenue in Kansas City, Jackson County, Missouri, is eligible for listing in the National Register of Historic Places under Criteria A and C in the areas of COMMERCE and ARCHITECTURE. The Murdock Building is proposed for listing under the Multiple Property Documentation Form, "Railroad Related Historic Commercial and Industrial Resources in Kansas City, Missouri." The historic context necessary to understand the significance of the nominated building is represented by the three contexts outlined in the MPDF: "The Evolution of Kansas City Railroad Freight Industry, 1859-1970"; "Commercial and Industrial Businesses located near Rail Freight Facilities, 1865-1970"; and "Commercial and Industrial Architecture in Kansas City"s Railroad Freight Districts, 1869-1970". When the new Union Depot opened in 1878, the West Bottoms of Kansas City became the primary industrial freight area of the region and spurred the growth of Kansas City's rail transportation and its commercial and industrial development. The nominated building housed the C.A. Murdock Manufacturing Company during the period of significance from its construction date in September 1887 until April 1918 when Murdock moved his business. Employing a large number of salesmen and manufacturing personnel, the company manufactured, marketed, and distributed its own brand of coffee, tea, and exotic spices from the nominated building; located on a railroad spur, the building's rear loading dock is still extant and facilitated the exporting of goods to customers throughout the Midwest. The Murdock Building has attained significance as an important contributor to the commercial expansion of the railroad freighting industry in Kansas City. Designed in the Romanesque Revival style and attributed to local Kansas City architect Frederick B. Hamilton, the Murdock Building is also significant as an excellent local example of the "Industrial Facilities and Commercial Distribution Buildings" property type. The Murdock Building meets the registration requirements for the property type as outlined in the MPDF. Due to an installed automatic sprinkler system, the Murdock Building survived a destructive 1918 fire in the West Bottoms industrial area, making it the only 19th century building remaining in the 1200 block of Union Avenue today. The building retains all seven aspects of integrity and communicates its historical and architectural significance. The period of significance is 1887, the date of the building's construction through 1918, the year C. A. Murdock Manufacturing Company relocated to 1219 West 10th Street, Kansas City.

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