Alfred E. Barnes

Alfred Edward Barnes (5 March 1892 – 11 May 1960) was an architect from Kansas City, Missouri. He was a partner with Henry F. Hoit and Edwin M. Price in the leading architectural firm of Hoit, Price and Barnes.

Alfred E. Barnes
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BornMarch 5, 1892
Kansas City, Missouri
DiedMay 11, 1960(1960-05-11) (aged 68)
Kansas City, Missouri
BuildingsKansas City Power & Light Building

Life and workEdit

Alfred Edward Barnes was born on March 5, 1892 in Kansas City. He graduated from Manual Training High School in 1909, and was immediately hired as a draftsman at the firm of Howe & Hoit. Frank M. Howe died in January of that year, so the firm operated as Henry F. Hoit until January 1, 1919. That is when Barnes was made a partner along with Edwin M. Price creating the firm of Hoit, Price and Barnes. The firm designed many notable buildings in Kansas City including the Kansas City Power & Light Building, Fidelity National Bank, and the Southwestern Bell Telephone Building. He did extension studies through the Society of Beau-Arts Architects.[1]

After Hoit, Price and Barnes closed in 1941, Barnes worked as a coordinating engineer at the Lake City Army Ammunition Plant during World War II. He also worked for the Long-Bell Lumber Company for four years before retiring in 1958. Barnes died at the age of 68 on May 11, 1960.[2]

Barnes was the grandson of one of Kansas City's earliest architects, Asa Beebe Cross. Cross designed many homes on Quality Hill as well as the original Jackson County Courthouse and Union Depot. Union Depot, located in the West Bottoms, was the predecessor to Kansas City Union Station.[3]

He was president of the Kansas City chapter of the American Institute of Architects in 1936 and president of the Architectural League of Kansas City in 1925 and 1926. He was also a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers, the Society of American Military Engineers, and the Kansas City Club.[2]

Barnes was married to Clara F. Knotter on August 29, 1931. They had two daughters, Geraldine "Gerry" Claire (Conrath) and Catherine Anne (Scott). The family had an interest in historical preservation. Alfred Barnes was a member of the Native Sons of Kansas City and preserved many of the blueprints and other artifacts of Hoit, Price and Barnes. After his death, Clara donated these and other family artifacts to the State Historical Society of Missouri which created the collections of "Asa Beebe Cross (1826-1894) Papers (K0082)" and "Alfred Edward Barnes (1892-1960) Architectural Records (K0004)." The former includes a school paper titled "Biography of A.B. Cross by Gerry Claire Barnes, great granddaughter."[citation needed]


  1. ^ Baldwin, Sara Mullin (1930). Who's Who in Kansas City 1930. Robert M. Baldwin Corporation, Hebron, Nebraska.
  2. ^ a b "Alfred Edward Barnes (Obituary)". The Kansas City Times. May 12, 1960.
  3. ^ Mitchell, Giles Carroll (1934). There is No Limit: Architecture and Sculpture in Kansas City. Brown-White Company, Kansas City.