Kansas City Landmarks in South Downtown, Kansas City

Kansas City's downtown is rich in landmarks. The southern part is a nice mixture of skyscraper architecture and period buildings, such as the Mainland Theatre and St. Mary Episcopal Church, and it also hosts the Kansas City Power & Light District, famous for its night entertainment venues. Take a tour through all these outstanding places that are landmarks in the southern area of Kansas City's downtown.
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Kansas City Landmarks in South Downtown Map

Guide Name: Kansas City Landmarks in South Downtown
Guide Location: USA » Kansas City (See other walking tours in Kansas City)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 11
Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.1 km
Author: ChristineT
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Town Pavilion

1) Town Pavilion

The Town Pavilion is a 38-story skyscraper built in 1986. At 591 feet, it is the second-tallest building in Kansas City and third tallest in Missouri. It was built as a mixed-use office–retail complex. The main component was the three-story retail base, which included a food court on the third floor, and the 34-story office tower. The tower occupies the former site of the Harzfeld Store Building. The 11 stories of both the Harzfeld's old exterior and part of the old Boley Building have been integrated into the Town Pavilion's design. The exterior of the building was constructed with granite and glass with steel trim. Ninety percent of the building is enclosed in glazed glass, the majority of which is dark blue. The structural system of the roof is in a truss form. When viewed from the sky, this skyscraper appears to be a glass "cathedral" in the Latin Cross Design. It is unknown if the architect purposely made it appear this way.

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1201 Walnut

2) 1201 Walnut

The 1201 Walnut Building is a Skyscraper located in Downtown Kansas City, built by HNTB Architects in 1991. Found at the intersection of 12th and Walnut streets, it is the eighth tallest habitable structure in the Kansas City Metropolitan Area, and the twelfth tallest habitable structure in Missouri, at 427 feet. The exterior is made of mostly dark colored glass, andgranite panels, and is very close the new Sprint Center and Power & Light District, part of the redevelopment of downtown Kansas City. The glass look helps to further the glass-theme that the Sprint Center, H&R Block Building, and the Kansas City Star printing press have. In late 2010, building tenant Stinson Morrison Hecker, LLP acquired the rights to place a large sign and corporate logo atop the southern face of the building.

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One Kansas City Place

3) One Kansas City Place

One Kansas City Place is the tallest building in Missouri. Built in 1988, it is bounded by 12th Street to the north, Baltimore Avenue to the west, and Main Street to the east. Per PBNI Architects, the building rises 623 vertical feet from the building's main entrance on Main Street to the top of its spire. At the four sides of its top, One Kansas City Place glows at night with red, white, and blue lights. Throughout the year, the colors change to red and yellow for important Kansas City Chiefs games, blue and white for important Kansas City Royals games, red for Valentine's Day, green for St. Patrick's Day, pink for Breast Cancer Awareness Month (October), and red and green for Christmas. One Kansas City Place is also considered an architectural salute to City Hall, which is located 5 blocks east of Main on 12th Street.

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Midland Theatre

4) Midland Theatre

The Midland Theatre is a 3,573-seat theater located in the Power & Light District. It was built by Marcus Loew, completed in 1927, at a cost of $4 million and is the largest historic theater within 250 miles of the city. The exterior of the theatre was constructed in a Renaissance Revival style in cream-glazed terra cotta brick, adorned with engaged pilasters, winged figures, leaves, flowers, swags, volutes, urns, and arches. A four-story arched window rises above a copper and gold marquee that contains 3,600 light bulbs. The theater is well known for its over 500,000 feet of gold leaf, five giant Czechoslovakian hand-cut crystal chandeliers, irreplaceable art objects and precious antiques, and spectacular wood and plaster work. The theatre, which has become part of the Kansas City Power & Light District project, has been converted into a live entertainment nightclub.

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H&R Block

5) H&R Block

H&R Block Building is a prominent Kansas City landmark and also is H&R Block's headquarters. The oval-shaped structure was constructed in 2006, with 18 stories and covered with reflective blue-green glass, as a continuity to the new image of the Kansas City downtown area and surrounding glass-walled buildings. The postmodern oval shape is one of kind in Kansas City. The building is also next door to the Power & Light Entertainment District.
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Power & Light Building

6) Power & Light Building

The Kansas City Power and Light Building is a landmark skyscraper whose construction was completed in 1931 as a way to promote new jobs in downtown. Since then, the Art Deco Kansas City Power and Light Building has been a prominent part of the Kansas City skyline. The original plans designed by Hoit, Price and Barnes included a twin building to be paired on the immediate west side of the building, but plans were abandoned after the Great Depression took a greater toll than expected. As a result, the west side of the building has no windows. The Kansas City Power and Light Building is crowned by prismatic glass panels concealing red-orange lights that glow each evening at sunset. Originally, each recessed stepback of the building also held alternating multicolor flickering flood lights that dazzled nighttime viewers with the impression of blazing flames. Today, only the lantern on the top the structure is illuminated by this effect.

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Kansas City Power & Light District

7) Kansas City Power & Light District (must see)

The Kansas City Power & Light District or Power & Light District is a shopping and entertainment district developed by the Cordish Company of Baltimore, Maryland and designed by 360 Architecture. The district comprises nine blocks on the south side of the downtown loop. The Power & Light District is one of only a few places in the United States where possession and consumption of open containers of alcoholic beverages are allowed on the street, although they remain prohibited on the street throughout the rest of Kansas City. At the heart of the Power & Light District is Kansas City Live!, a one block area devoted to live music and entertainment venues. At the center of Kansas City Live! is a covered outdoor plaza to be used for concerts. The ground floor of the Kansas City Live! block focuses on bars and restaurants. The second floor of Kansas City Live! houses night clubs and entertainment concepts.

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Kansas City Live!

8) Kansas City Live!

At the heart of the Power & Light District is Kansas City Live!, a one-block area devoted to live music and entertainment venues. At the center of Kansas City Live! is a covered outdoor plaza to be used for concerts. The ground floor of the Kansas City Live! block focuses on bars and restaurants, including McFadden's Sports Saloon, Vinino, Ragland Road, Maker's Mark Bourbon House and Lounge, Tengo Sed Cantina, and Gordon Biersch Brewing Company. The second floor of Kansas City Live! houses the night clubs and entertainment concepts, including Mosaic Lounge, Lucky Strike Lanes, Angels Rock Bar, and Howl at the Moon. The Power & Light District is one of only a few places in the United States where possession and consumption of open containers of alcoholic beverages are allowed on the street, although they remain prohibited on the street throughout the rest of Kansas City.

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Sprint Center

9) Sprint Center (must see)

Sprint Center is a large, multi-use indoor arena in downtown Kansas City. The arena's naming rights partner is the telecommunications company Sprint. The Center opened to the public on October 10, 2007, and a concert on October 13, 2007 by Elton John was the first event held at the arena. The arena seats more than 19,000 people and has 72 suites. Sprint Center has effectively replaced Kemper Arena, which was built in 1974, just a few miles away in the southern portion of the West Bottoms. Additionally, the College Basketball Experience, which includes the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame, is connected to and located directly north of Sprint Center.

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Kansas City Star Printing Plant

10) Kansas City Star Printing Plant

The Kansas City Star is a McClatchy newspaper. Published since 1880, the paper is the recipient of eight Pulitzer Prizes. The Walt Disney Company acquired Capital Cities/ABC in January, 1996. Disney sold the paper to Knight Ridder in May 1997. Knight Ridder's legacy is a massive $199 million, two-block long, glass-enclosed printing and distribution plant on the northeast side of the Star's landmark red brick headquarters at 1729 Grand Avenue. The plant began printing in June 2006. It took nearly four years to build, and is considered a major part of the effort to revitalize downtown Kansas City. The plant contains four 60 foot high presses. On June 4, 2006, the first edition of the Star came out from the new presses with a major redesign in the sections and the logo. The new paper design involved shrinking its broadsheet width from 15 to 12 inches and shrinking the length from 22 3/4 to 21 1/2 inches.

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St. Mary Episcopal Church

11) St. Mary Episcopal Church

The St. Mary Episcopal Church was founded in 1857, while the actual site was inaugurated only in 1888. The church is raised in Gothic Revival style, of bricks and limestone, with a 60-foot high roof. The church claims to be haunted by the pastor Henry David Jardine, who served the church in the 1880s. Church records tell that the pastor passed away under very mysterious circumstances. While being an architectural landmark, the church is also famous for having a pipe organ.

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.
Country Club Plaza, Kansas City Tour

Country Club Plaza, Kansas City Tour

The Kansas City Plaza has become popular as a 15-block district full of shops and fine restaurants. The Plaza gives visitors the opportunity to be delighted by the representative architectural monuments like the Giralda Tower, and the J. C. Nichols Fountain, and also by museums such as The Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art. The Country Club Plaza has ranked in the top 60 of the world's greatest places.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.2 km
Kansas City Crossroads Art Tour

Kansas City Crossroads Art Tour

The Kansas City Crossroads 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: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.1 km
Kansas City Landmarks in North Downtown

Kansas City Landmarks in North Downtown

Kansas City's northern downtown is sprinkled with interesting landmarks. It is especially famous for having some remarkable early skyscrapers dating from the 1920s and 1930s. The new Charles Evans Whitaker Courthouse and neighboring Old St. Patrick Oratory offer some new beauty as well. Have a look at these landmarks.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.7 km
Kansas City History Tour

Kansas City History 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 Mainstreet Theater, Lewis and Clark Memorial, and the New York Life Building.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.3 km
Crown Center Walk in Kansas City

Crown Center Walk in Kansas City

Kansas City's downtown is rich in historic neighborhoods. The Crown Center area, right near Union Hill, offers some of the greatest Kansas City landmarks, such as Liberty Memorial, the Union Station and the Crown Center Entertainment Complex itself. Take a walk to see all the memorable sights!

Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.4 km
City Orientation Walk

City Orientation Walk

Kansas City is the largest city in Missouri and its name is derived from the Kansas Indians who lived along the Missouri River. The city is famous for its contribution to jazz and blues, as well as cuisine – the well-known Kansas City-style BBQ. Stroll around and admire the Art Deco styling, browse the museums, the eclectic shops, check the riverboat casinos, or relax in a jazz club. You can get to know more about all of these in the following tourist guide.

Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.7 km

Tips for Exploring City on Foot at Your Own Pace

Whether you are in Kansas City for a quick stopover or have a few days to see the city in more detail, exploring it on foot, at your own pace, is definitely the way to go. Here are some tips for you to save money, see the best Kansas City has to offer, take good care of your feet while walking, and keep your mobile device – your ultimate "work horse" on this trip - well fed and safe.

Taking Care of Your Feet


To ensure ultimate satisfaction from a day of walking around the city as big as Kansas City, it is imperative to take good care of your feet so as to avoid unpleasant things like blisters, cold or overheated soles, itchy, irritated or otherwise damaged (cracked) skin, etc. Luckily, these days there is no shortage of remedies to address (and, ideally, to prevent) these and other potential problems with feet. Among them: Compression Socks, Rechargeable Battery-Powered Thermo Socks for Cold Weather, Foot Repair Cream, Deodorant Powder, Shoes UV Sterilizer, and many more that you may wish to find a place in your travel kit for.

Travel Gadgets for Your Mobile Device


Your mobile phone or tablet will be your work horse on a self-guided walk. They offer tour map, guide you from one attraction to another, and provide informative background for the sights you wish to visit. Therefore it is absolutely essential to plan against unexpected power outages in the wrong place at the wrong time, much as to ensure the safety of your device.

For these and other contingencies, here's the list of useful appliances: Portable Charger/External Battery Pack, Worldwide Travel Charger Adapter, Power Converter for International Travel Adapter, and Mobile Device Leash.