Headquarters hotel for the 1928 Republican National Convention which nominated
Herbert Hoover for President of the USA.
The Hilton President Hotel renovation project will be integrated by the Cordish Co., of
Baltimore into the new "Kansas City Live" development, headlined by the world headquarters of H&R Block & Co.
The Hilton President Hotel was officially opened on January 5, 2006.
On January 8, 2004, the Kansas City, MO City Council redesignated the stalled renovation project from a Tax Increment Financing (TIF) status to inclusion in the "Kansas City Live" Project. The land is physically within that project's boundaries.
Applications will be filed to officially secure state and federal historic status for the
Singer Marilyn Maye got her start in the Drum Room in 1955 with Warren Durrett's
Orchestra before going on to the Tonight Show, Las Vegas and a long career in pop
A local developer has been given until the end of 2003 to prove, #1 there is a market for
a 200 room boutique hotel and, #2 he has the financing for the hotel and an adjacent 12-story tower where a parking lot is now to the north for leased townhomes.
Eighty-years after the original grand opening, the Hilton President Kansas City will
re-open on January 11, 2006 (subbing/correcting information).
The $44-million dollar renovation will be backed with $14 million dollars in city-issued revenue bonds, which will assure the developer's private financial arrangements.
The "new" President is scheduled to re-open by the end of 2005 as the Hilton Hotel President with 214 "boutique" hotel rooms. Plans for the adjacent President Townhomes have been dropped.
Ronald Jury of Jury & Associates of Overland Park, Kansas will continue as the redeveloper of record, following a three-year struggle to revive the property,
which has been abandoned 24 years.
In May 2002, a proposal to renovate the President Hotel into a 225-unit apartment building was announced.
The Drum Room with Warren Durrett's Orchestra served as the backdrop for many
noteable performers in their way through Kansas City over the years.
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