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Joplin's Gryphon Building Celebrates 100 Years

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For hair stylist Kyle Flanner working in the Gryphon building gives him a taste of home.

"I moved here from Chicago, so coming from a big city. There's no other buildings like this in Joplin, like hands down. I think this is one of the coolest buildings in the city. So soon as I walked in and saw all the duct work and the rawness of the building it reminded me a ton of a big city,” says Brush & Blade stylist Flanner.

And the historic charm has an effect on customers too.

"I enjoy this building. It's restful, but it's active and alive,” says customer Verna Benge.

The Gryphon building used to be one of the go-to places in Joplin and new businesses hope it'll stay that way for years to come.

“I'm hoping so. I think that this is a good starting point to cultivate downtown. I think we need to focus on bringing that back, especially after the tornado,” says General Manager of The Dining Car Stacey Gamble.

A hundred years ago the building started as the Inter-State Grocery Company Warehouse.

To this day it is still held up with 64 massive pillars that were used to support the weight of the many boxes of food stored on each floor.

And keeping the historic character of the building in mind was the goal of major renovations in 2010.

“This is exactly the idea behind it..was to take the concrete pillars as you can see in the photo and to incorporate them into the wall and you can see originally was a totally open floor mat,” says Allen Shirley, President of the Joplin Historical Society.

The concrete pillars in Local Color retain the original stenciling design of the old building.

They stand in the art gallery as a solid reminder of Joplin's past and what new legacy it will leave behind.

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