Rising prominently on the east side of downtown Kansas City, City Hall anchors the KC Civic Center, a linear complex of buildings primarily consisting of the Jackson County Courthouse, City Hall & a new Federal Courthouse.
The tower is a classic art deco design, with a couple of nice frescos around the base at the first setback, rising into a vertical tower shaft, and culminating in a simple parapet crown.
Its 443' height makes the tower the 4th tallest City Hall in the US (3rd when it was built - PHI,NYC,LA)
The Jackson County Courthouse at the other end of the plaza:
I love the detailing of this period:
If you go down to the basement and sign in with security, the nice lady will escort you up to the 30th floor roof deck.
I spent almost an hour up there (the guard stayed and talked about the city the whole time)
Jacson County Courthouse (295', 22fl, 1934)
The Federal Courthouse to the north:
The view of the downtown skyline is amazing:
South towards Crown Center and The Plaza:
Kansas City, Kansas makes an appearance:
A few critters make their home on the roof of City Hall, apparently including a falcon who brings his lunch to work occasionally...
A few others...some type of beetle...
It's really a gorgeous complex:
in a really underrated skyline: