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Monthly Event Hosted by Shirley Bush Helzberg Symphony House
November 17 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Reminder: the Urban Core Group meeting is a week earlier than usual due to Thanksgiving and it’s on a Thursday (not Wednesday).
The Urban Core Group’s November meeting will be at the historic Shirley Bush Helzberg Symphony House (formerly the Webster House)! A 136 year old building that has recently been renovated and turned into the new headquarters of the Kansas City Symphony.
Originally, the Webster School, named after statesman Daniel Webster, opened at the corner of 17th and Wyandotte in 1886. It served as one of Kansas City’s first public schools and is one of the few remaining Richardson Romanesque buildings that remain in the city. When the school closed in 1932, the building became home to several different businesses over the next several decades before falling into disrepair and left to sit vacant in 1977.
In the late 1990s, civic leaders and preservationists grew concerned about the property and led efforts to fund its restoration. Philanthropist Shirley Bush Helzberg came to the rescue, financing the restoration and opening the Webster House which served as an antique shop and high-end restaurant from 2002-2020, closing mainly due to Covid pandemic related issues.
It was announced in 2021 the building was to be renovated and serve as the headquarters of the Kansas City Symphony. We hope you can join us for a fun evening exploring this historic property!
Free street parking is available and we will receive complementary validation for the Webster Garage on Wyandotte Street.