Your Favorite Building
What’s your favorite building in Kansas City?
It may be the gorgeous structure on 9th Street that’s currently serving as Aquila’s home. Historians and drinkers alike may automatically think of the rickety building at the northwest corner of Pennsylvania and Westport. Sports nuts may go with Arrowhead Stadium. Residents of Valentine and Hyde Park would naturally pick their own homes.
The Livestock Exchange building in the West Bottoms is my pick. It encapsulates this town’s progress and subsequent stagnation. Sure, its massive size is impressive, but you can’t fully appreciate the building until you’re inside. And no, the old-school bar at the steakhouse doesn’t really count. The weight of history, along with thousands of real or imagined spirits, press on you as you roam its halls.