The Globe Building, Kansas City

The Globe Building, Kansas City

Also known as the Think Big Building, the Globe Building is like many other historic buildings in downtown Kansas City. It would have been demolished, but thanks to forward-thinking city planners and a creative tax credit scheme, businesses can reuse and repurpose historic buildings instead of razzing them. The Globe Building, located in the Crossroads Art District, is now a popular state-of-the-art coworking space. The complex includes glass-walled offices, shared workspaces, and an event venue. All areas have exposed brick walls, original hardwood floors, and wood-beam ceilings to emphasize the building's history.

The building is a seven-story brick affair that is most recognizable by its large painted advertising murals on its north and south faces. It was built in 1902 and designed by architect James Hogg. For the first 75 years of its existence, it was a storage warehouse with commercial offices on the first floor. It sat vacant since the 1970s until it was purchased by the current owners and rehabilitated in 2013.

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The Globe Building on Map

Sight Name: The Globe Building
Sight Location: Kansas City, USA (See walking tours in Kansas City)
Sight Type: Attraction/Landmark
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Walking Tours in Kansas City, Missouri

Create Your Own Walk in Kansas City

Create Your Own Walk in Kansas City

Creating your own self-guided walk in Kansas City is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
Kansas City Introduction Walking Tour

Kansas City Introduction Walking Tour

Kansas City, Missouri, started in the 1830s as a port city at the confluence of the Missouri and Kansas Rivers. The first European explorers to map the area were the French, who named the river “Cansez,” which eventually morphed into Kansas.

Louis and Clark passed through in 1804, noting that the area was an excellent place to build a fort. The actual settlement didn’t come until later,...  view more

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.7 Km or 2.3 Miles
Crossroads Art District Walking Tour

Crossroads Art District Walking Tour

The Kansas City Crossroads Art District has become one of the trendiest art communities in the Midwest. The former industrial and warehouse area now is where many progressive art spots have established themselves. Have a look at some of the grandest and edgiest art in the Crossroads!

Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.3 Km or 0.8 Miles
Historical Buildings Tour

Historical Buildings Tour

Kansas City is the biggest city in Missouri. It covers 318 square miles (820 km2) of land. The city was founded in 1838, and being several times a battle field during the Civil War left its stamp on the city's architectural styles. Kansas city is also famous for its contribution to cuisine and music styles, such as blues and jazz. The city is rich in historic monuments and edifices, such as...  view more

Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.0 Km or 1.2 Miles