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Property Name Wholesale District (Boundary Increase I)
Reference Number 13000193
State Missouri
County Jackson
Town Kansas City
Street Address 701 Broadway and 330 West 8th Street, Kansas City, MO
Multiple Property Submission Name N/A
Status Listed 04/23/2013
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The Wholesale District (Boundary Increase I) is significant under National Register Criterion A for the area of COMMERCE/TRADE and Criterion C for the area of ARCHITECTURE. The industrial buildings located at 330 W. 81 h Street and 701 Broadway Boulevard, Kansas City, Jackson County, Missouri were built in 1899 and 1917, respectively. These dates fall within the period of significance for the Wholesale District (District), 1874-1931, established to incorporate all of the commercial and manufacturing buildings constructed in the area within a period of nearly continuous construction. Shepard & Farrar (architect of 330 W. 8th Street) and J.C. Sunderland (designer of 701 Broadway) designed numerous contributing buildings currently listed within the District. Both buildings exhibit the same character-defining features of size, scale, massing, and materials as the District's other contributing resources and enhance the significant concentration of industrial architecture represented by the District. Local companies and developers constructed both buildings for manufacturing and distribution purposes. The architecture and design reflects these needs. Both have open floor plans and large window openings typical of industrial buildings from this period. The large size, monumental scale, rectangular massing, and masonry materials of the buildings are similar to the surrounding buildings. Along with its architectural importance, the District was a key part of Kansas City's jobbing center for the manufacturing and distribution of a variety of wholesale goods. The Boundary Increase includes two buildings that support and enhance the manufacturing context of the District.


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