Welcome to KC360

A popular saying in my hometown is “I love you as much as Kansas Citians love Kansas City” My hope is that this site helps demonstrate the root of our love of City. I will take you on a tour of Kansas City highlighting Iconic and Historic Street Art (both commissioned and actual street/ graffiti art works), Architecture, and Advertising (Ghost Signs) through the medium of 360° photography and video.

Why 360° you might ask?

The 360° photographs allow you, the viewer, to zoom in to examine details, as well as to “back up and look around” to get a better awareness of the location of the photo and a sense of the scale, history and architecture of the area.

In addition to each new post I will be building a walking tour so you can navigate to each location.

So scroll down and look around…

Enjoy!

Black Label Cycles street art

As I have mentioned before, probably the largest concentration of “street art” in Kansas City is located in the Crossroads district and the biggest concentration of ghost signs (literally on just about every building) is in the West Bottoms district of our city… but, as I pointed out in my post about the Borden Dairy ghost sign, and what this piece highlights, there are some great examples of all types of artwork throughout KCMO!

This multi panel example of street art is located on the North and East, and West sides of the Black Label Cycles building on the corner of 9th and Mulberry streets in the West Bottoms district in Kansas City, MO.

Below is a 360° “tour” (seven separate 360° pictures) of this mural and area… clicking on the arrows allows you to move left and right. Use your mouse to look up, look down, look all around… and zoom in or out.

Here is a link to a Google Tour of the mural with “Points of Interest” that link to more information about the art, architecture and history of the surrounding area. Click on the photo to take the tour… or just click the link below!

Click on picture or this link to take tour – https://poly.google.com/view/6hjsNAH3gJu

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Sporting KC Mural

This mural commemorating Sporting KC’s two MLS cup championships (2000, 2013) and four US Open Cup championships (2004, 2012, 2015, 2017) is on the North side of the Globe Storage and Transfer Co building.

Close examination reveals a bonus… a ghost sign (faded painted advertising) partially covered up by the Sporting mural running vertical along the Northeast corner of the building… the word “STORAGE” can be faintly seen.

Located at 1712 Main Street, Kansas City, Missouri, The Globe Building was designed by Kansas City architect James Oliver Hogg and constructed by James T. Patterson in 1902. Below is an image from 1940 showing the painted sign on the South side of the building

Here is a link to a Google Tour of this mural with “Points of Interest” that link to more information about the art, architecture and history of the surrounding area. Click on the photo to take the tour… or just click the link below!

Click on photo or this link to take tour – https://poly.google.com/view/7A3CMwR2RYt

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Hotel Bray/ New Yorker ghost sign

A slender downtown architectural beauty, the historic former Hotel Bray at 1114 Baltimore Ave., is a nine-story building, 25-feet wide and 125 feet deep, and is wedged between the Hotel Phillips and the Italian Garden garage on Baltimore.

The Jacobethan-style brick building, which is capped by a decorative terra cotta double gable, opened in 1915 as the Hotel Bray. In 1947, after extensive remodeling, it was rechristened as Pusateri’s Hotel New Yorker. It was renovated again in the mid 1990s as an extended stay hotel before eventually being converted to modern loft apartments and reopening as The New Yorker in 2018.

Below is a 360° “tour” (two separate 360° pictures) of the Hotel Bray/ New Yorker ghost signs and area… clicking on the arrows allows you to move left and right. Use your mouse to look up, look down, look all around… and zoom in or out. The vertical Hotel Bray signs on the Northeast and Southeast corners of the building date some time from 1915 to 1949… the painted sign on the Northwest side of the building dates from 1949

I was able to determine what the ghost sign originally looked like via the transcripts of a 1949 court case of the New Yorker Hotel Corporation v. Pusateri et al. The lawsuit claimed damages from Pusateri for using the name Hotel New Yorker. An excerpt from the filing reads… “The building immediately to the north of the defendants’ nine story hotel building is a one story structure, thus leaving most of the side of defendants’ building exposed to view, and along the side thereof, near the top, defendants, at the time of the opening, had caused to be painted in large letters, the words “Hotel New Yorker.” …. at the time the change…. thus making this sign also read: “H O T E L NEW YORKER Restaurant & Cocktail Lounge Completely Air Conditioned”

The image below on the left shows what the building looks like today… on the right what Pusateri’s Hotel New Yorker might have looked like in 1949

The case ended in a judgement against the plaintiff (New Yorker Hotel Corp), but not without some interesting testimony that gives great insight to KC history…. “In its effort to show that defendants may operate their hotel in such manner as to reflect upon its good name, plaintiff attacks the reputation of defendants. Defendant James Pusateri admitted that they illegally sold intoxicating liquor in their restaurants during prohibition. Plaintiff also sought to show that defendant Gus Pusateri, who did not testify, has been convicted of violating the liquor law. The offer was denied on the ground that the conviction was more than sixteen years ago during the “dry era.”

Here is a link to a Google Tour of the ghost signs with “Points of Interest” that link to more information about the art, architecture and history of the surrounding area. Click on the photo to take the tour… or just click the link below!

Click on picture or this link to take tour – https://poly.google.com/view/7Is-8YdX0st

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RM West street art

This is a big week for Street Art in Kansas City … we are about to get a lot more colorful, as dozens of artists are set to add more than 40 new murals to our city starting Sunday. The third annual SpraySeeMO mural festival bills itself as the “largest ever” painting exhibition, where the public can watch artists coat the walls of downtown buildings with creative imagery in real time.

This multi panel example of street art is located on the North and West sides of the RM West apartment complex on 3rd and Broadway in the River Market district in Kansas City, MO.

Below is a 360° “tour” (six separate 360° pictures) of this mural and area… clicking on the arrows allows you to move left and right. Use your mouse to look up, look down, look all around… and zoom in or out.

Here is a link to a Google Tour of the mural with “Points of Interest” that link to more information about the art, architecture and history of the surrounding area. Click on the photo to take the tour… or just click the link below!

Click photo or link to take tour – https://poly.google.com/view/3-J4LIfJb3W

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Town of Kansas mural

This mural is on the West side of the Mid-America Merchandising building at 3rd and Wyandotte (early home of the Miller-Cooper Ink Co.), a little off the beaten path in the River Market district in KCMO. The mural was commissioned in 2000 and painted by Alisha Gambino, Joe Faus and Jesus Ortiz… the same artists who painted the Lewis and Clark mural at 5th and Wyandotte!

The mural depicts a river scene at the Town of Kansas which was incorporated in 1850. The state of Missouri then incorporated the area as the City of Kansas in 1853 and renamed it Kansas City in 1889. This scene also shows the Steamboat Arabia, which sunk in the Missouri River in 1856, and was uncovered in 1988. The artifacts are housed in the Arabia Steamboat Museum in the River Market district of KCMO.

Here is a link to a Google Tour of this mural with “Points of Interest” that link to more information about the art, architecture and history of the surrounding area. Click on the photo to take the tour… or just click the link below!

Click on picture of this link to take tour – https://poly.google.com/view/5-5VDGQQHoi

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Borden Dairy ghost sign

For me, the best… my favorite… ghost signs, are those that you have to work at… the really faded ones. The McEwain Barton ghost sign from a previous post is one of my favorites… I had to do some real investigating to find out about the faded McElwain logo on the sign.

So it is with this ghost sign for the Borden Dairy, located on the West side of the building at Linwood and Holmes, in the Midtown district of Kansas City, MO.

If you look closely above the blue door, you can see a milk carton with a logo on it. I searched thousands of images of milk cartons to see what the logo might be… to no avail. It is actually a logo used on Borden’s milk bottles – Gail Borden’s … showing a silhouette of Gail Borden with his signature underneath.

To the right and slightly below you can barely make out yellow/ orange petals of a flower… the petals that would have encircled and been a part of the iconic Elsie the Cow Borden logo. The faded letters “Bord” can also be seen to the right and above the milk carton, and to the extreme right edge seems to be the remnants of a different ghost sign from the Ford Motor Company!

Here is a link to a Google Tour of the ghost sign with “Points of Interest” that link to more information about the art, architecture and history of the surrounding area. Click on the photo to take the tour… or just click the link below!

Click on Picture or this link to take tour – https://poly.google.com/view/2uPOadD8oUl

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Foxx Equipment Company street art

Southwest Boulevard, or as locals say “The Boulevard” originated as two roads, one being the main street of Rosedale, Kansas, when it was platted in 1872 as “Kansas City Avenue”, and the second called “The Rosedale Road”, or “Kansas City Boulevard”, on the Missouri side. Two property owners provided land to link the two roads in 1887, and the entire road was later renamed as “Southwest Boulevard”.

The Boulevard, and the “West Side” have a great selection of authentic Mexican restaurants and grocery stores, street art, and ghost signs. The example of street art is located on the North side of the Foxx Equipment Company building at 421 Southwest Boulevard and is an homage to all things Kansas City.

A close examination of this artwork will find the artist’s representation of virtually everything Kansas City is… or has been… knows for. See if you can find the following in this artwork: Liberty Memorial, Nelson Adkins Museum, KU Jayhawks, Sporting KC, Plaza Lights, Charlie Parker, Bluebird, Children’s Mercy Hospital, Chiefs, Thomas Hart Benton, Missouri River, Union Station, KC Skyline, Westport Covered Wagon, Lucille Bluford, The Scout, Mizzou Tigers, Harry S. Truman, Kauffman Center, Western Auto Sign, Wheat, Primativo Garcia, Buck O’Neil Bridge, Thomas Pendergast, Royals, BBQ, The Hereford Bull Statue.

Below is a 360° Google Street view of this mural and area… use your mouse to look up, look down, look all around… and zoom in or out.

Southwest Boulevard passes through the Crossroads Arts District and the West Side Neighborhood in Missouri. It is the home of the Boulevard Brewing Company which was founded in 1989 and is now one of the largest craft breweries in the USA, with a capacity of over 600,000 barrels per year.

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