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Arthur Samuel Keene, FAIA (1875-1966)

Born: Boston, Massachusetts
Training: M.I.T., Cambridge,
Massachusetts, B.S. Architecture, 1898
Traveled to England, France and Italy
Oklahoma License: 1925-1961


  • Keene & Simpson, 1919-1955, Kansas City, Missouri (Leslie B. Simpson)
  • Keene, Simpson & Murphy, 1955-1961, Kansas City, Missouri (John T. Murphy)


  • Philtower Building, northeast corner 5th and Boston (1927-1928, E. B. Delk and Keene & Simpson, Associated Architects)
  • Scottish Rite Temple (WWII Memorial Building, Scottish Rite Temple) Kansas City, Missouri (1930, Keene & Simpson)
  • Jackson County Court Houses, Kansas City, Missouri and Independence, Missouri (1933, Keene & Simpson)
  • E. J. Sweeney Residence, 5921 Ward Park Place, Kansas City, Missouri (Keene & Simpson)
  • Keene & Simpson were responsible for the architectural supervision of the Philtower Building, The firm was also hired on a consultant basis to ascertain the structural soundness of Boston Avenue Methodist Church. The Philtower is on the National Register of Historic Places.