Two downtown Kansas City businesses are being considered for listing on the National Register of Historic Places.
The nominations are Commerce Trust Company Historic District, bounded by East 9th St., Walnut St., East 10th St. and Main St. and also the Ten Main Center, 910-920 Main St. which is just across the street.
The one-block Commerce Trust district is anchored by the 10-story 1908 building designed by Jarvis Hunt and constructed by George A. Fuller and Company and the 32-story Miesian style Commerce Tower building designed by Keene, Simpson & Murphy.
The Ten Main Center building was designed by Charles Luckman and Associates and completed in 1968. The building was a downtown Kansas City urban renewal project had faced lawsuit, labor strike and other impediments to completing the project.
Luckman, who was born in Kansas City, became president of Lever Brothers but always was interested in architecture and left corporate business to design buildings.
The nominations will be considered by the Missouri Advisory Council on Historic Preservation Aug. 14 in Jefferson City. If approved, the nominations will be forwarded to the Keeper of the National Register in Washington, D.C., for final approval.
Approval for the National Register qualifies the properties for historic preservation tax credits and will add the properties to national historic listing.