Thomas Corrigan Building: A site for yesterday's and today's creators and innovators

Also known as the Thomas Corrigan Building, the 10-story building within the Corrigan Station development was built in 1921 by the four daughters of building contractor and real estate developer, Thomas Corrigan. Corrigan and his brothers were involved in the post-Civil War building boom of the late 1860's in Kansas City. The brothers were pivotal in the funding of the city's street railway lines, making the streetcar stop outside of the project come full circle back to its namesake. The building is on the National Register of Historic Places.


Originally the first floor and basement housed a federal post office, known as The Gateway Station – thus, the project’s new identity as Corrigan Station. Initially, the building was slated to be five stories in height, but with the post office space leased the building was built at 10 stories.


From 1927 to 1948, the building was home to one of the most famous Kansas City companies, the Donnelly Garment Company. During this period the company established itself as the largest dress manufacturer’s label in America. Nelly Don, the founder and operator became the first woman pioneer in the garment manufacturing business and a national celebrity.

After 1948, the building transitioned into commercial office space which gradually declined in use until it was purchased in 2013.


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