Про Bash & Co. Sotheby's International Realty
As a part of the world-renowned Sotheby's International Realty network of 22,000 agents in more than 70 countries, we bring you the quality offerings and exceptional service that could only come from a heritage 274 years in the making (and counting). Bash & Co. Sotheby’s International Realty is an innovative full-service residential real estate brokerage that leverages the latest technology to serve clients in emerging, established, and luxury neighborhoods across the Kansas City area. While we offer a complete digital experience, our real strengths lie in human connections. We love Kansas City and truly care about its residents. After all, our agents have been living and working here for decades, creating meaningful, trusted connections and an exceptionally long list of satisfied clients. We are truly dedicated to designing extraordinary experiences for each and every one of our clients by constantly rethinking traditional home buying and selling processes.
On a site formerly occupied by the renowned Green Parrot restaurant, The 1900 Building was built in 1966 for H.D. Lee Jeans as an office, R&D and manufacturing facility. Later, the building became the headquarters for the Marley Company and then Layne Energy.
The 1900 Building had many architectural features that were iconic: precast concrete “tulip” columns, travertine marble walls in the Lobby, a curved stone wall along 51st Street, and gorgeous outdoor Courtyard. Some features, including the original circular stairway, had been removed or modified during earlier renovations.
In 2013, Karbank was completing the renovation and expansion of The Barney Building (2000 Shawnee Mission Parkway), located two buildings west of the 1900 Building. The Barney project won many design and “green” building awards. When the 1900 Building became available for sale, Karbank was excited by the opportunity and challenge to continue development in the area.
When doing the due diligence in contemplation of purchasing the 1900 Building, Karbank was intrigued by a note on the original 1965 blueprints that indicated the roof was engineered to accommodate a 3rd floor. Upon investigation of the building structure (which entailed removing ceiling tiles and standing on desks), it was clear that the building was constructed in anticipation that a 3rd floor would, at some time, be built. The precast concrete columns were prepped with rebar to easily accommodate new columns for the 3rd floor. However, the blueprints contained no drawings showing how the architects intended the new 3rd floor to look. Nevertheless, that the building was intended to be a 3-story building solved the conundrum of why the building looked oddly proportioned (somewhat squat) as a 2-story building, particularly on the north elevation.
In 2014, Karbank began a renovation and expansion of the 1900 Building with the intent of preserving and enhancing those iconic features, as well as incorporating the newly designed 3rd floor. The renovation and expansion included:
New 3rd floor with a wrap-around Roof Terrace
LEED Certified Gold Level “green” building certification
New floor-to-ceiling energy-efficient glass
New HVAC, electrical, plumbing and restrooms, roof, elevators, fire sprinklers systems
New parking garage
New Courtyard with fountain
High ceilings throughout
Refurbished modernist entry lobby with travertine marble walls
Fitness room with showers and changing rooms
Performance, event and conference spaces with high-quality audio-visual equipment
The exterior and interior designs of the 1900 Building and The Barney Building were done by RMTA and the General Contractor on both projects was Jonkman Construction.