By Andrew Bash
As you make the scenic drive east on Shawnee Mission Parkway through Fairway and Mission Woods, the tulip columns of the Bash & Co. Sotheby’s International Realty home are sure to grab your attention. Of course, I am speaking of the iconic 1900 Building, a true architectural masterpiece that never ceases to impress us every time we walk through the front doors. In addition to being extraordinary to look at, this building is rich in history. I wanted to take this opportunity share a little bit about this Kansas City gem.
1900 Building origins
The 1900 Building was originally built in 1966 for H.D. Lee Jeans – both as an office space and a R&D and manufacturing facility. In later years, other occupants included the Marley Company and Layne Energy. The original architecture had many beautiful features including the precast concrete tulip columns, gorgeous travertine walls in the lobby and an amazing courtyard, just to name a few.