21c Museum Hotels – Downtown Kansas City
July 2018 saw the latest opening for the 21c Museum Hotels brand in downtown Kansas City, Missouri.
Marking the eighth location for North America’s only multi-venue museum dedicated to collecting and exhibiting art of the 21st century, the property features 120 guest rooms, including 19 suites; 6,200 square feet of contemporary art exhibition space; and The Savoy at 21c, the locally-inspired, chef-driven restaurant helmed by Executive Chef Joe West.
Housed in the historic Savoy Hotel and Grill building, 21c Kansas City is nestled between the Power and Light District and River Market in downtown Kansas City. Designed by New York-based architects Deborah Berke Partners with Kansas City-based architect Hufft Projects, the hotel honours the building’s illustrious past as the longest continuously running hotel west of the Mississippi.
Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the building features an eclectic mix of Victorian and Arts and Crafts architectural details, finishes and murals, as well as twentieth century historical markers and other elements. The project’s design team embraced the building’s original features to create a space where contemporary art and historic architecture meet.
Visitors and guests are welcomed to the hotel through the original entrance, guiding visitors towards the lobby gallery where the original mosaic tile floor, historic plaster, and a stained glass dome have been restored. The hotel’s guest rooms and suites provide a welcome sanctuary from the art and activity that fill the first and second floors, with soaring ceilings, contemporary furnishings and large windows overlooking the city below. The property also features 19 unique suites, including the rooftop 21c Suite. The 21c Suite features a separate living room and dining room area, along with a large outdoor terrace with expansive views over the downtown landscape.
The property’s restaurant is located in the former Savoy Grill and the space adjacent. The lounge retains its historic architectural elements, including murals of pioneers departing from Westport Landing and their journey along the Santa Fe Trail, stained glass windows, and dark wood panelling. The restaurant dining room, by contrast, is bright and airy, with new windows and a lighting scheme programmed to provide a subtle, rotating palette of colour, signifying changes in meal periods throughout the day.
Open 24 hours a day, seven days a week and free of charge to the public, 21c Kansas City will provide a dynamic platform of contemporary art exhibitions, installations and cultural programming – a destination for travellers and locals alike.
For more information, visit www.21cmuseumhotels.com.
About 21c Museum Hotels
21c Museum is a multi-venue museum located in eight cities. One of the largest contemporary art museums in the U.S., and North America’s only collecting museum dedicated solely to art of the 21st century, each property features exhibition space, open free-of-charge to the public, combined with a boutique hotel and chef-driven restaurant. It was founded in 2006 by Laura Lee Brown and Steve Wilson; philanthropists, preservationists, and collectors, committed to expanding access to contemporary art as a means of catalysing revitalisation and civic connection.