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Our Quadranscentennial Celebration (Silver Anniversary)

September 22 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm

We’ve been to a lot of wonderful places over 25 years and we’ve had a few events at the Kansas City Club but none as big as this year, our Silver Anniversary.  Check out our history at the KC Club!  |  August 21, 2003  |  February 24, 2010 | (Holiday party) December 10, 2010 | (Holiday party) December 15, 2011  |

There’s parking for $5 right next to the 918 Baltimore building which is the KC Public Library parking. Also, there’s some street parking and the light rail stop is one block East on Main Street.  Notice: the KC Club is allowing the barbecue on site but not permitting any food cooked or prepared at home. Contact us for more details.

Masks will be required for all attendees whether they have been vaccinated for COVID-19 or not. No mask, no entry. Masks must be worn except while eating or drinking.

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The Kansas City Club has deep roots in the Urban Core. It all started when a group of prominent Kansas City residents who lived on Quality Hill got tired of their wives carping about their cigar smoking at home. They rented a room in the Coates House Hotel so they could enjoy their after dinner cigars. They quickly outgrew that space and in 1882, rented an old store at 11th and Broadway. That was the beginning of the Kansas City Club. It boasted 42 members that included the Coates, Askew’s, Bullene’s, Fosters with Col AA Tomlinson as its first President. Their very first rule was “no politics discussed on the property”.

By 1885, the group had grown so large that they needed larger quarters, after a move to 12th and Wyandotte. By 1921, construction began on the $2.5 million, 14 story building at 13th and Baltimore with the building being completed in 1922 and formally open on May 19th. The Star wrote an article that same year about how lavish the interior was. The Kansas City, as it was called, had it all.  The Club was an active social club for over 100 years. Some of its more notable members were Harry Truman, Dwight Eisenhower and the “Boss” himself Tom Pendergast.

In time, the Club’s slow declining interest began for several reasons. One notable reason was its slow adoption of women into the Club.  In 2000, the Club vacated the 13th and Baltimore address and merged with the University Club at 918 Baltimore. The Kansas City Club struggled for another 15 years and in 2015 closed its doors but in 2018, the Club got a new lease on life.  Epoch Development purchased the building and began extensive renovation of the property. They did it without using historic tax credits or any city-based incentives so the character of the property could be completed without oversight.

Today, the inside has been painstakingly restored to its glory days but with an updated HVAC and plumbing system. Epoch was awarded the KC Historic Honors for its efforts in preservation and stewardship.  Please mark your calendars (September 22nd) for the Urban Core’s belated 25th Anniversary celebration. If you’ve never been to this stunning facility you’ll be wowed with restored beauty. If you have, you will be amazed with its restoration. As we get closer to the date, we’ll be sending out more details as to the itinerary for the evening’s activities. I do know that there will be tours into areas seldom seen for decades.

The new owners are as excited as we are to host our Silver Anniversary event and like so many businesses in the Urban Core, celebrating the opportunity to show off its history and with an eye on the future.
All the best
Jerry Ratway
Artist, writer and passionate Urban Core member

Our 25th Anniversary


Masks will be required for all attendees whether they have been vaccinated for COVID-19 or not. No mask, no entry. Masks must be worn except while eating or drinking.

Details

Date:
September 22
Time:
5:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Organizer

The Urban Core Group

Venue

The Kansas City Club
918 Baltimore Ave
Kansas City, MO 64105 United States
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Website:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kansas_City_Club
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