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President Hotel


1331 Baltimore Ave., Kansas City, MO (Alternate address: 1327 - 1335 Baltimore Ave.)


The President Hotel was completed in 1925. It is listed as one of seven hotels nominated to the National Register of Historic Places as the Downtown Hotels in Kansas City, Missouri, in a filing prepared in June 1981.

Description from the National Register of Historic Places

This fifteen story corner building has its main facade facing west, with a frontage of 130 feet on Baltimore and 108 feet on West 14th Street. The building incorporates Jacobethan elements in its design, particularly in its rectangular windows with rectangular lights created by stone mullions, the segmental curved gables which rise above the roof line at the four corners, and the strapwork ornament found in great quantity over the facade.

The rectangular plan has been modified on the east to contain a light court with a gable roof at its base. The court is bridged at the upper floors by a span that connects the two wings. The facade derives its primary ornamentation from the use of terra cotta molding which enframes the window groupings on the 2nd and 3rd stories of the north, south, and west facades. The windows are further embellished by the use of decorative wrought iron railings and the spiral columnettes which flank them.

The ground story is faced with a contrasting lighter colored stone on the north, south and west facades. A banded terra cotta frieze forms a string course above the 12th floor. Above this the pedimented windows are surmounted by an intermittent balustrade and quatrefoils. Terra cotta coping follows the line of the parapet wall.

Architects and Builders

  • Shepard & Wiser, Architect; George Siedhoff, Builder

Additional Information


From the Steve Noll Collection
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Vintage Postcards

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