Originally designed by Root & Siemens, the Scarritt Complex architecture was inspired by Louis Sullivan in both its formation and detail.
Described as "the finest example of Chicago School skyscraper in Kansas City" and a "direct respresentative of turn of the century preoccupation with natural light," the exterior facades exemplify some of the finest, intricately molded terra cotta ornamentation in existence today.
The interior of The Scarritt Complex was probably the most opulent and sophisticated of its time, evidenced by the hand laid mosaic tile floors, marble wainscoting, mahogany wall panelings and highly ornate "Sullivanesque" ornamentation.
Built in 1907, the Scarritt is known for its striking architecture. Detailed ornamentation and elevated galleries add to its elegance and beauty. Through The Scarritt Arcade's open interior core, natural light floods into the central courtyard through two exquisitely scrolled, four-story light wells. Encircling this interior core are tenant offices.
For commercial and retail tenants, the Scarritt Building and The Scarritt Arcade buildings have been called a "dream come true" because of its easy accessibility from both Walnut and Grand. In addition, a hallway connects tenants and shoppers to both the buildings.