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The 120-room 21c Museum Hotel Kansas City opened its doors this month and marked the eighth location for the brand that is known for exhibiting contemporary art.

The hotel is designed by New York-based architects Deborah Berke Partners with Kansas City-based architect Hufft Projects and houses 6,200 sq. ft. of exhibition space dedicated to showcasing art, installations and cultural programming. Its current exhibition running through spring 2019, called Refuge, centers on global migration with works from more than 50 artists, including: Hew Locke, Yoan Capote, JR, Stephanie Syjuco and Mohau Modisakeng. Also on display is the hotel’s property-specific collection Limitless, which features work by Brad Kahlhamer, Ken+Julia Yonetani and Luftwerk. The commissions bring Kansas City to life via art and architecture.

Local-centric art is also spread throughout the property, including in on-site restaurant The Savoy, which is located in the former historic Savoy Grill and surrounding space. The lounge keeps the former eatery’s architectural aspects, including murals of pioneers on journey from Westport Landing along the Santa Fe Trail. Stained glass windows and dark wood paneling are also retained. Meanwhile, the dining room is a stark contrast to the lounge with new windows that bring in natural light. A lighting system is programmed to provide rotating colors that indicate changes in meal times during the day.

In keeping with the designers’ vision of embracing the building’s original features to create a space where contemporary art and historic architecture meet, the property’s original entryway welcomes guests and leads them to the lobby’s gallery with the original mosaic tiled floor. The historic plaster and stain-glass dome have also been restored.

More artwork is on display in guestrooms that feature modern furniture and large wall-length windows that look out onto the views of the Power and Light District and River Market in downtown Kansas City. Nineteen one-bedroom suites, each with their own unique design, complete the room offerings, including the rooftop 21c Suite. 

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