Kansas City Crossroads: Taylor Building History + Renovation
The Taylor Building renovation was completed ten years ago. This turn-of-the-century dry goods building was built in 1902 by Root & Siemens. With the majority of its original exterior features intact and in good condition, the building retains a high degree of historical integrity. Today, the building is home to creative agency Bishop McCann, an industry leader in producing meetings, incentive programs and events worldwide.
Using boutique hotels as inspiration for the design, the historic building was modernized while adhering to the national Parks Services standards for historic renovations. A sleek and modern elliptical staircase was inserted into the center of the “lobby” space, becoming the counterpoint to the rough masonry shell. Private offices, meeting spaces and a large communal gathering space spiral off the stair, now the social center point for this highly successful and fast-growing company. A 20 ft. chandelier was custom designed to further accentuate the hospitality aesthetic, and a deck was added to the rooftop to accommodate a resort-like meeting destination.
Bishop McCann has now become an event space in itself, hosting community events and celebrity guests. Michelle Obama chose this space for her headquarters during the 2008 presidential campaign.