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Western Auto Building

Western Auto Building
Location 2107 Grand Boulevard., Kansas City, Missouri

39°5′16″N 94°34′52″W / 39.08778°N 94.58111°W / 39.08778; -94.58111Coordinates: 39°5′16″N 94°34′52″W / 39.08778°N 94.58111°W / 39.08778; -94.58111

Built 1914
Architect Arthur C. Tufts & Company
Architectural style Chicago school (Commercial)
Governing body Private
NRHP Reference # 88001300[1]
Added to NRHP August 18, 1988

The Western Auto Building, also known as the Coca-Cola Building or the Candler Building, is located at 2107 Grand Boulevard, in the Crossroads neighborhood of Kansas City, Missouri. It is at the corner of 21st Street and Grand Boulevard and is currently a part of Western Auto Lofts, a loft association of three adjacent buildings.

The twelve-story Commercial-style building was designed by Arthur C. Tufts & Co. and built by the Swenson Construction Co. for the Coca-Cola Co. in 1914. The plat of land, originally purchased in 1913, was triangular, which gave the 12-story building its distinctive shape. The building was built in the Commercial style, a more utilitarian style than was typical of contemporary architecture.[2]

It later was the headquarters of the Western Auto Supply Co., whose multistory lighted sign still tops the building. The building and its sign are visible from much of the Crossroads and the surrounding neighborhoods, as well as to drivers on Interstate 35. This visibility, together with the structure's longevity, has made the Western Auto Building a city landmark.

The building was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1988[1] and is now a loft condominium.[3]


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