The Savoy Hotel is a Kansas City landmark in the central business district. The historic hotel was constructed in phases from 1888 to 1916 and is listed on the National Register and the Kansas City Register of Historic Places. The building functioned as a hotel continuously for 131 years. Some areas of guest rooms and corridors were rehabilitated in the 1960s. Other areas were rehabilitated in the 1990s. By 2015, when the current rehabilitation was in the planning stages, the hotel had fallen into underutilized disrepair and suffered a kitchen fire in October 2014, which closed the iconic Savoy Grill and the remainder of guest rooms and a few residential apartments.
The new owners undertook a rehabilitation to open a Kansas City location of the 21C Museum Hotel. The boutique hotel chain features a 21st century art collection installed in public spaces in their hotels. While reusing a historic building fit their goals of developing a unique property, the building presented unique challenges. Some parts of the building were in poor condition, but it retained many distinctive character-defining features. The design team successfully integrated the hotel brand’s modern aesthetic while retaining the building’s historic character.
219 West 9th Street, Kansas City, MO