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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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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Townley Metal and Hardware Co ghost sign

The Townley Metal and Hardware Company building, located at 200 Walnut in the River Market District in KCMO, was erected in three separate campaigns beginning in 1895. The Townley family successfully operated in the building until 1982 when the business was sold. This building was added to the historic registry in 1994 and was converted to luxury lofts (Old Townley Lofts) in 2013.

This historic structure is magnificent … as are its ghost signs… and it has MANY! There are several (five) on the North side, one on the West side visible from the small courtyard between the Townley building and the old KC Water Department building, and one on the South visible above the parking garage.

Below is a 360° “tour” (four separate 360° pictures) of these 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.

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 image or this link to take tour – https://poly.google.com/view/dD6HXf64r8a

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