1102 GRAND History
1102 GRAND – The Past
1102 GRAND, listed on the National Historic Registry, is located in the heart of downtown Kansas City, Missouri’s Financial District and is an architecturally and historically significant landmark in the Kansas City skyline. The location, the southwest corner of Eleventh Street and Grand Avenue, was a portion of the old Smart farm, the wedding gift of Thomas A. Smart to his daughter, Henrietta, on her marriage to Dr. John Bryant in 1866.
“On May 3, 1930, a building permit was issued for the new skyscraper, with construction scheduled to begin no later than June 1. By November 2, 1931, construction was nearly completed on what the Kansas City Star labeled ‘the most expeditious major building development Kansas City has ever watched.’ With its completion in 1931, 1102 GRAND, historically known as the Bryant Building, became the tallest building on Grand Avenue and the fourth tallest in Kansas City” (excerpt from Kansas City Star).
1102 GRAND – The Present and Future
1102 GRAND has been home to many influential professionals over the past three quarters of a century and now is home to many of the internet’s most influential fiber providers and a diverse group of data center operators. Today the building is the most fiber dense network neutral facility in the Kansas City Metro area and is one of the fastest growing of its kind in the Midwest. The building serves as a major hub for voice and data traffic in the region by providing a facility with the necessary data center infrastructure for carriers, service providers, and enterprise customers to interconnect with one another reliably and cost effectively.