Missouri Valley Special Collections
Advanced Search | Help | My Favorites
All Images Local History Index  
We are working on a NEW Local history website which will replace this version of KCHistory.org. Stay tuned for details!
add to favorites | reference url back to results previous next
Zoom in Zoom out Pan left Pan right Pan up Pan down Maximum resolution Fit in window Fit to width Rotate left Rotate right Hide/show thumbnail
Downtown, North from R.A. Long Building
Downtown, North from R.A. Long Building
TitleDowntown, North from R.A. Long Building
DescriptionPostcard view of Downtown Kansas City, looking North from the roof of the R.A. Long Building at 10th and Grand
Historical ArticleEarly photographers seem to have favored views taken from rooftops of tall buildings for use on postcards. This one was made from the roof of the R.A. Long building at 10th and Grand, looking north.

The Hotel Victoria sign on the top of the building in the center of the postcard helps locate the area. The hotel was built on 9th Street between McGee and Oak in 1888 by George Helmes. It had 140 rooms, all suites with private bath. An early history of American hotels by Jefferson Williamson gives credit to the Victoria for being the first hotel in the country to have a private bath for every room. Handsome, rounded bay windows faced the street.

The hotel burned Feb. 2, 1960. Many remember the spectacular night fire of unknown origin, and the sight of the firemen with their equipment covered with ice. Firemen rescued 35 people from the burning building. The hotel was destroyed and several adjoining buildings were badly damaged.

Today the old hotel site is occupied by a parking facility.

Kansas City Times
June 15, 1984

AuthorRay, Mrs. Sam (Mildred)
Item TypePostcard
CollectionMrs. Sam Ray Postcard Collection (SC58)
See finding aid: http://localhistory.kclibrary.org/u?/Local,36981
Local SubjectDowntown
R. A. Long Building
Digital FormatJPEG
RepositoryMissouri Valley Special Collections, Kansas City Public Library, Kansas City, Missouri
RightsReproduction (printing, downloading, or copying) of images from Kansas City Public Library requires permission and payment for the following uses, whether digital or print: publication; reproduction of multiple copies; personal, non-educational purposes; and advertising or commercial purposes. Please order prints or digital files and pay use fees through this website. All images must be properly credited to: "Missouri Valley Special Collections, Kansas City Public Library, Kansas City, Missouri." Images and texts may be reproduced without prior permission only for purposes of temporary, private study, scholarship, or research. Those using these images and texts assume all responsibility for questions of copyright and privacy that may arise.
add to favorites | reference url: http://kchistory.org/u?/Mrs,911 back to results previous next