The Kansas City Irish Center this week closed on a deal to buy Drexel Hall.
Dick Keller, owner of Drexel Hall since 1979, sold the 14,000-square-foot building at 3301 Baltimore Ave. to the nonprofit. The Kansas City Irish Center promotes Irish culture and heritage.
Financial terms of the sale were not disclosed.
The Irish Center moved into Drexel Hall in November. It had previously occupied space in Union Station.
Kansas City businesswoman Barbara Drexel Bescher built Drexel Hall in 1909 and became a home for labor unions, political rallies and other private events. It has also been featured in movies, including “Mr. and Mrs. Bridge” and “Article 99.”
Jay Burrus, president of the Irish Center’s board of directors, said it will continue leasing out Drexel Hall for wedding receptions and other events, while also using it for Irish Center activities.
“It’ll be the home of the Irish Center,” Burrus said. “Drexel Hall will still be an event space like it has for 100 years.”
The sale closed on the cusp of the start of the Kansas City Irish Fest, which began Friday in Crown Center.