I’m calling this a photo walk, even though it was actually a photo ride because I took the scooter. Usually when Megan or I or both of us do photo walks, it’s to capture specific life documentation or is just a fun exercise to photograph whatever looks interesting. This time, I thought it would be even more fun to pick a theme and ride around, taking photos that fit the theme. This was really just an excuse to capture some of my favorite Kansas City art: the theme of BUILDING TOPPERS really captures the flavor of the city. Quirky and artsy with amazing architecture.
I started with the plane on top of the Roastrie building (the Roasterie is a local coffee roasting company). It just went up this year. And yep, that’s a real plane.
Next up, the rocket on top of the Barkley Evergreen building. It’s in the Crossroads District, which is our art district.
Gold dome on the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception. Meg and I used to think it was really gaudy, but it’s grown on us over the years.
The Bartle Hall Pylons, which are a familiar sight to you if you’re a long time reader. Funny enough, Meg hated those when they were building them too. Because the asymmetry bugged her. Obviously she’s over that, because a photo of these happens to be her desktop background right now. Also: note that we were seven when these were built. How awesome is my wife that she was already snooty about art at seven?
The Western Auto Building is a Kansas City landmark. That sign lights up at night and looks epic. It has been converted into lofts now. We’ll probably have a photo of this blown up and displayed in our house somewhere eventually.
That UFO-looking thing is actually a spinning restaurant on a hotel. Crazy.
Love the font and color of the giant sign on top of Stuart Hall lofts.
And, for no reason, a train.
You might think these photo walks are cool too:
- Megan made a Kansas City Blurb book with our favorite Kansas City photos.
- My rose garden photo walk was a great way to de-stress.
- Megan recently did a neighborhood photo walk and to show the less pretty bits of where we live.
- We did a photo walk about the quirky bits of our neighborhood too.
- There are a lot of cool photos of Kansas City in this Downtown photo walk.
- If you like the Bartle Hall photo, you should check out our family photo shoot in front of it.
Do you have cool building toppers where you live?