By Hannah Morrey Brown, Project Manager at Straub Construction
I recently had the opportunity to spend the holidays in Spain and Portugal, visiting family and seeing some of the greatest architecture in the world. I was most excited to spend time in Seville, a Sister City of Kansas City. The cities have shared street names, designs, and expositions over their 52-year agreement.
J.C. Nichols designed the country club plaza with a Spanish theme by including courtyards, tile facades, stucco buildings, and fountains throughout the city. He copied prominent Seville features including the Giralda Tower, modeled above our Cheesecake Factory, and Plaza de Los Reyes fountain, which we call the J.C. Nichols Fountain.
One of Seville’s main roadways is Kansas City Avenue, and they also have a replica of The Scout statue that sits just to the west of Liberty Memorial. It was exciting to walk around the city and see little pieces of our hometown throughout, even though it was over four thousand miles away.
In addition to Seville, I was also able to tour the Alhambra, the burial place of Queen Isabelle and King Ferdinand, the Royal Palace in Madrid, and the Praça do Comércio in Lisbon. Each of these contained unique and breathtaking design elements, all of which have been standing longer than our city’s existence.