The 1881 Cosby Hotel – In the local media lately for being saved from demolition at the last minute when it was determined at the pressure of local historic preservationist Adam Jones to leave the building intact. There were conflicting structural reports, but a third one managed to be ordered, confirming that the cost of temporarily fixing the structural problems are far less than demolition costs would be.
See article in the Kansas City Star.
Facebook Petition for saving the Cosby Hotel
Hyperblogal’s post yielded some interesting comments
I’m late to the local media party on this, but thought it would be enjoyable to get a shot of the old building kept standing. If you’ll notice, the later, mid-century parking edifices of the effluvial type surrounding the old Cosby are what would be planned for this site in downtown Kansas City now as well. This place loves to tear itself down with glee and replace its building stock with horrid, singular-use, post-modern dreck.
Anyhoo, photo taken Wednesday evening 7/21/10 at 9 pm, with my fisheye lens (Canon 15mm EF) and my 5D, and some barrel distortions adjusted and then played with in Lightroom.
While taking a Kauffman Center photo from Truman Road on Saturday evening, I noticed I like this view too – all that’s good about the old buildings in KC, the first and second (AMC Mainstreet Theatre and Hotel President) were saved from near demolition. I aimed for kind of a film noir look with this one.
Keeping an eye out for new angles on the Kauffman Center building, I stopped again along Broadway west of Union Station on Friday evening and came away with several shots.
Brandon Cummins (left), Paul Burns (center), Justin Gardner (right)
Back on June 23 I did some behind the scenes still shooting for a new short film about Kansas City resident Paul Burns, who was the victim of a terrible face slashing last year, and how Paul is getting by in life. The nature of the crime perpetrated on Paul naturally makes the film slant to a somber note, though the crux of the story is more that Paul manages to keep a good sense of humor and a happy outlook despite what happened to him. Paul, the movie