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Monthly Event Hosted at the Century Club

September 28 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

The Urban Core Group’s meeting this month is at the Century Club, which is the ballroom under redevelopment in the old Mark Twain building.  The building is celebrating its 100th anniversary next year and we get a sneak peek!  Article: Mark Twain Tower, Major Preservation Project, Opens to Residents in August

The 1920’s saw an explosion of commercial construction in the downtown area of Kansas City. Some 20 multi-story buildings were built and opened during that time. Started in 1917 on the northwest corner of 11th and Baltimore but not opened until 1923 was the 23 story Kansas City Athletic Club. The 253,000 square foot building had everything a “man of means” would want in a men’s club; indoor Olympic pool, a full gym with squash, racquetball and handball courts, steam room, sauna and a massage facility. And on those occasions when women were invited, a full size ballroom.

It remained the KC Athletic Club until 1938 when it was renamed the Continental Hotel. The Continental stayed open from 1938 until the 1970’s when downtown Kansas City began to lose its businesses and shoppers to the shopping malls on the edges of Johnson and Jackson County. During the 60’s and 70’s, after the Continental became an office building, it hosted Playboy Club but it too lost its luster. The building that became the Mark Twain Tower would continue to lose tenants until its last tenant moved out four years ago.

Next year will be its 100 year of existence and the future couldn’t look brighter. The historic property is currently under renovation by Washington DC development firm The Bernstein Cos. and is scheduled to open this year as a mid level priced apartment facility named The Mark with retail on the first floor and a ballroom event space named The Century Club. This is one of Kansas City’s largest historic renovation projects.

Rendering of the lobby of The Mark apartment development. (Rendering from The Mark marketing materials)

Please join the Urban Core Group for our September meeting at The Mark’s 5th floor ballroom event space, the Century Club. There is a parking garage adjacent to the building that is accessible for its posted fee.

The Urban Core Group has been a catalyst toward strengthening our communities and building value, pride and enthusiasm within our neighborhoods since 1995. Join us where we discover exciting new places in the metro.  Click to Attend An Event as a guest or Click here to Join as members receive free entry to 11 events throughout the year.


September 28
5:30 pm - 7:30 pm


The Urban Core Group


the Century Club
106 W 11th St
Kansas City, MO 64105 United States
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