The Kansas City Museum’s restoration and renovation project is a multi-year, multi-staged project with three main Stages to restore and renovate the five existing, original buildings on the 3.5 acre property at 3218 Gladstone Blvd., Kansas City, Missouri. Each Stage will open to the public upon completion.

  1. Stage I is the restoration and renovation of Corinthian Hall (the mansion).
  2. Stages II & III include the restoration and renovation of the Carriage House, Caretaker’s House, Conservatory, Pergola, Carpenter’s Shed, and Perimeter Fence and Gates.

In April 2015, International Architects Atelier (IAA) began comprehensive Master Planning for the entire property and Architectural Design Planning for Stage I Corinthian Hall. Retired City Architect for the City of Kansas City, Missouri Eric Bosch was also integral to the project team.

In November 2017, JE Dunn Construction began construction on Stage I.

Seated: Elizabeth Amirahmadi, Principle at IAA. Standing left to right: Majid Amirahmadi, Principle at IAA; Andy Short, Senior Associate and Project Manager at IAA; Eric Bosh, Retired City Architect for the City of Kansas City, Mo.
From left to right, all from JE Dunn: Superintendent Darcy Ahrens; Project Manager Eric Herman; Vice President Jeff Blaesing; and Senior Project Manager Jim Schneider.

Currently, construction at Corinthian Hall is complete, and IAA, museum design firm Gallagher & Associates, Museum staff, and the project team are working on the history- and humanities-based exhibits for Corinthian Hall as well as the education and public programs.

Stage I includes the restoration and renovation of the lower level, first floor, second floor, and third floor of Corinthian Hall to be open to the public in 2021.

The lower level of Corinthian Hall will include a restored billiard room, a new interpretation of the Museum’s former, beloved “Soda Fountain,” interpretive content and displays, a prep kitchen, catering kitchen, public restrooms, and spaces for administrative functions.

The first floor of Corinthian Hall will include rooms that will be used for education programs and events, exhibits, and contemporary thematic art installations. The first floor will also have a retail store, as well as a cafe with a service kitchen and a demonstration kitchen.

The second floor of Corinthian Hall will include five exhibition galleries that showcase historical materials from the Museum’s permanent collections and items on loan, a meeting room/education classroom space for school programs and community meetings, and contemporary thematic art installations. 

The third floor of Corinthian Hall will include three exhibition galleries that showcase historical materials from the Museum’s permanent collections and items on loan, a 42-seat auditorium/theater to showcase films and videos, a story sharing space, and contemporary thematic art installations. 


Photos by Jeff Evrard Photography