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Commerce Trust Building
Commerce Trust Building Kansas City MO.jpg
General information
Status Complete
Type Commercial offices
Location 922 Walnut, Kansas City, Missouri
Coordinates 39°06′09″N 94°34′57″W / 39.1026°N 94.5824°W / 39.1026; -94.5824
Completed 1907
Owner Tower Properties
Roof 78.6 m (258 ft)
Technical details
Floor count 15
Floor area 24,154 m2 (259,990 sq ft)
Design and construction
Architect Jarvis Hunt
Main contractor George A. Fuller Company

Commerce Trust Building is a 15-story tower built for Kansas City Missouri's biggest bank Commerce Bancshares in 1907 and was Kansas City's second skyscraper, following the New York Life building.

It has facade of red granite and white terra cotta tiles and was Missouri's tallest building when it opened.

Formerly on the site was the home of the Kansas City Journal which in turn was taken over by Commerce. Harry Truman worked in the predecessor building.

Its architect Jarvis Hunt also designed Union Station and the headquarters of the Kansas City Star. The construction company was the George A. Fuller Company which built the Flatiron Building in the New York City and as a company continues to build major skyscrapers around the world.

In 1965 Commerce built a larger adjoining building Commerce Tower but has continued to use the original building.

In 2004 Commerce Bancshares conducted a $48 million renovation of the building expanding its square footage to 300,000 square feet (28,000 m2) by filling in the light court between the fourth and 15th floors.

Part of the renovation also included illuminating the lobby's ornate glass ceiling to replicate natural sunlight.

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