With original Art Deco detailing, an 11-foot gilded statue of the goddess of Dawn—mother of the stars—and impeccable guest rooms, the Hotel Phillips is a stunning Kansas City landmark. Looking into the history of the building, one realizes how remarkable this hotel truly is.
In today’s world of urban construction things such as weather delays, setbacks, extended timelines and labor disputes are a given. Timelines like “spring of 2017” are kept vague to accommodate these inevitabilities.
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But remarkably, in 1931, Kansas City’s tallest hotel—the Hotel Phillips—was completed within one year as stated in its contract. Not a single day of work was lost to weather or labor disputes. Upon completion the Kansas City Star reported:
“Music was on tap in every room of the hotel from any one of the four local radio stations. Last minute jobs by decorators, plumbers, painters, carpet layers and men installing drapery fixtures were finished to gay music, with no complaints from the many subcontractors nor the Phillips Building Company. All seemed imbued with the same spirit, pride in finishing the new hotel in the contracted time of one year.”
How fitting that this remarkable fete should reach it’s finale to the sweet sounds of local music when now, 84 years later, the Hotel Phillips is pumping musical life back into downtown Kansas City.
In addition to their other cultural programs such as Artist in Residence, the Hotel Phillips is hosting live music three nights a week. Listen to the vocal stylings of Jayson Kane on Acoustic Thursdays, introduce yourself to up-and-coming local musicians on Featured Fridays, or let yourself be transported back to the 30s when Kansas City Jazz was first born during Live Jazz Saturdays.
So stop by, order a cocktail and take in the remarkable sights—and sounds—that the Hotel Phillips has to offer.