Friday, October 17, 2014

Research Backed up

10 Pieces of Information

1. Mayor Jim Pendergast was a large part of the 30’s and the city of Kansas City. He originally work at an iron foundry for five years and then later came into a large sum of money by winning a large bet at the horse races. He then opened a saloon and restaurant. Throughout his time there he became friendly and approachable to his customers and served the public by giving people food, clothes, money, etc. Finally his friend ran for government and with Pendergast backing him he helped his friend win the election. Later he ran for office himself and won. After that he worked his way to the top and became mayor. With his generous nature and determination he helped Kansas City stay a float during a time of corruption and confusion. His Little brother Tom then took over and continued Jim’s way of government and Kansas City became known as “Tom’s Town.”

2. The Kansas City Massacre is one of the most notable events in Kansas City during the 30’s. While transporting a mobster from Union Station to another city there was a delay. The authorities planned to transport Frank Nash by car instead of train due to the delay. As this happened, Nash’s fellow gangsters showed up and a shootout ensued. 

3.  In 1931 a huge shipment of 240 million bushels of wheat was harvested and sent off by railway. This large harvest was important to the early 30’s due to the nation coming out of a depression and other cities needed supplies. Even though Kansas City was profiting, other cities needed to get this shipment and it was depending on the railways.

4. Tom Pendergast, little brother of Jim Pendergast, still allowed alcohol to be sold and purchased. This could be a large reason why the mafia was so interested in Kansas City, as well as it between about halfway between Las Vegas and Chicago, a stopping point for many mafia members

5. During the 1930’s jazz was on the come up. 18th and Vine was largely popular with young aspiring jazz artist from all over the world. 18th and vine was an area black artist could have a stage to perform. Kansas City was labeled as notable and innovative for jazz. It is said jazz was born in New Orleans but really grew and flourished in Kansas City. 

6. During the Depression, while most other cities were suffering, “Tom’s Town” expanded. Mayor Tom Pendergast’s 10 Year Plan funded some significant construction projects that kept the City’s economy afloat, including a number of great examples of Art Deco design: the 29 story City Hall, the former Jackson County Courthouse, Fidelity Bank and Trust and Municipal Auditorium.  Taxes were half the amount of comparable cities, and the City Manager at the time admitted to a sleight of hand when handling the bills related to these projects. Corruption was widespread and Kansas City was noted for its vices under Mayor Pendergast’s term.

7. Kansas City was considered a crossroads during the 1930’s for the USA. Large cross country trips were made by train, so no matter who you were and where you going, there was most likely a stop in Kansas City, this gave Union City a lot of traffic from all across the country, resulting in a mix of cultures and personalities. Jazz, sports, crime, business, industry, and everything else seemed to touch on Union Station at one point.

8. In 1937 the Kansas City Monarchs rejoin the Negro American League as a key member. The Monarchs brought home the pennant in 1939 and 1940. Won their first league title in 1937. Negro National League (1920–31) Independent (1932–36) Negro American League (1937–61)

9. By the 1930s, Americans were eating their meals in dining cars and not at "Harvey Houses." The Company modified its business practices to reflect this change. Nearly two-thirds of the Harvey Houses were closed, and the Harvey Company moved right into the dining CAR SERVICE. A short-lived resurgence of "Harvey Houses" occurred during World War II in order to feed American troops heading to the Pacific Theater

10 .Kansas City Union Station was also home to the headquarters of the Fred Harvey Company between its opening and 1938. Harvey was the initiator of the first national chain of hotels and restaurants—as well as the idea of shops for travelers in the Union Station. Harvey sold his idea of excellent restaurants for travelers to the Atcheson, Topeka, and Santa Fe Railway, which then let Harvey operate restaurants and build hotels along its routes—many of which became the social centers of their towns. Mary Jane Colter became the company’s architect and INTERIOR DESIGNER IN the early 1900s and worked out of a studio in Kansas City Union Station. She went on to design buildings such as the Posada Hotel in Winslow, Ariz., and Hopi House in Grand Canyon National Park, among many notable structures.

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  1. The Five Iron Men of Kansas City, accessed October 15th, 2014,

8. Kansas City Monarchs, accessed October 15th, 2014, s

We want our project to reflect the atmosphere and social aspect of Union Station. In the 30’s people from all parts of the country were coming together in Kansas City and it all started at Union Station. We plan to have a screen or projection on the wall at the back of the hall way. It will be open, spacious, and social because of its size and multiple uses. We would like our interaction to interact with the travelers and not just have the travelers interact towards it.

Digital Interactions

Analogue Interactions
We were not entirely sure if this is what you meant by analogue design interactions. But all of these involve some sort of analogue interaction and have been changed/modified since its creation to increase productivity, compatibility, or design

A key board, a controller, a cellphone?

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