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Charles Evans Whittaker Federal Courthouse

400 E. Ninth Street
Kansas City MO United States

Construction Dates
Floor Count10
Floor Area55,277 m²
Building Uses
 - courthouse
Structural Types
 - highrise
 - glass
 - steel
 - granite
 - concrete

 Heights ValueSource / Comments 
Roof290 ft

-Has almost 500 employees
-Offices are on the north side, courtrooms are in the center, and public lobbies are to the south of the building
-The stone granite came from Stone Mountain, GA
-12 columns begin in the rotunda and culminate in a circular collonnade outside and above the roof
-The cornerstone of the old YMCA Building that occupied this space many many years ago is placed between the two benches out front, the building was dedicated by former President Grover Cleveland on October 13, 1887
-The dark colored stone is placed at the exact height of the cornice line of the historic KC Library
-The whole project was designed and built on metric measurements, they used meters instead of feet
-The average courtrooms have 19ft ceilings but the 4 courtrooms on the 8th floor have 42ft high ceilings
-Charles E. Whittaker was the only federal judge from Missouri to become a Supreme Court Justice
-The lobby's rotunda is three floors high
-There is a secure restricted space for 100 vehicles inside the structure
-There are 16 courtrooms total
-The lobby rotunda also has five 25ft sculptures
-No two views of the building are symmetric

Architects: Ellerbe Becket & ASAI Architecture
Construction Company: JE Dunn Construction



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