Missouri Mid-Century Modern Office Buildings

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Plaza Center Building
Kansas City, MO
TWA Corporate
Headquarters Building
Kansas City, MO
The Plaza Center Building was designed by Owings, Merrill, & Skidmore and built around 1960. The structural supports for the building are on the outside. [map]

The TWA Corporate Headquarters Building was built from 1955-1956. In 1964, the company moved its headquarters to New York City. The building is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. A 22-foot-tall TWA Moonliner II rocket was installed on the roof in 1956. It was modeled after the TWA Moonliner at Disneyland's Tomorrowland. In 1962, the rocket was removed from the roof and sold. It was located at a trailer park where it fell into disrepair. In 1997, the rocket was purchased and restored by a private collector. It is now displayed at the Airline History Museum in Kansas City. During the restoration of the TWA Building in 2006, a replica of the Moonliner II was installed on the roof. For more, see these websites: 1, 2, and 3. [map]

Jackson County Election Board
Independence, MO
International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers
St. Louis, MO
This office building houses the Jackson County Election Board. It appears to be from the 1960s. This photo is from 2010. The gold mid-century features on the spindles were gone by 2017 and the tile behind them had either been removed or was painted over. [map]

The IBEW (International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers) building was constructed in 1960. [map]

American Zinc Building
St. Louis, MO
The American Zinc Building was designed by Hellmuth, Obata and Kassabaum (HOK) and built in 1967. The American Zinc Building is clad with brushed stainless steel like the nearby Gateway Arch. The building was nearly demolished in the 1990s. It is now listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The building features a Vierendeel Truss which means the entire building is suspended on two steel beams. There are only a few buildings of this type that still exist. The ground floor is now occupied by Carmine's Steak House. [map]

AAA (American Automobile Association) Building
St. Louis, MO
The oval-shaped AAA Building was designed by Wenceslaus Sarmiento and built in 1977. Originally, the building had a red, white and chrome interior. [map]

Optimist International
St. Louis, MO
The Optimist International building is from 1961. [map]

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505 Building (St. Louis) [map]
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