Hotel Muehlebach


1914-15; architect, Holabird and Roche (Chicago); builder, Westlake Construction Co. (St. Louis)

Second Saturday might become as much of a tradition as First Friday very soon… yesterday’s excursion was to visit the historic hotels in downtown Kansas City and see how they do the holidays.  First stop was the Hotel Muehlebach, The Muehlebach Hotel is a historic hotel that was visited by every President from Theodore Roosevelt to Ronald Reagan and was the White House headquarters for Harry Truman during his visits to his home in Independence, MO.  It is currently operated as one wing of the Kansas City Marriott Downtown.


One of two trees was located in the original lobby which was restored to it’s 1915 splendor by Marriott.  The other tree was located in the modern lobby and wasn’t press worthy. ;)



It has taken many footsteps to erode the marble staircase as it has.  Presidents walked there, as well as Babe Ruth, the Beatles and Elvis Presley, not to mention the millions of others who’s footsteps graced this staircase.


The original registration desk with “pigeon hole” mail boxes, “sit-down” phone booths and period lamps, was restored to meet historic preservation standards.


The property has retained both its state and federal historic landmark status. While the hotel was renovated, the early 20th-century lamps remain.


This landmark sign was added in the 1950s.

This was a great beginning to the hotel tour and the last was even better than the first, but the photo quality went downhill as the day progressed… maybe fatigue, maybe the cold and maybe I still need a new camera!!

Next stop Aladdin Hotel…

~ by kcjewel on December 11, 2011.

4 Responses to “Hotel Muehlebach”

  1. Well done sequence of photos. Particularly like your use of perspective on the stairwell shot. The shot of the ceiling lamp captures the sense of history and mood.

  2. Very pretty…and great day!

  3. I’m glad to see that that old hotel is still being cared for! I remember seeing in back in the early 70’s.

  4. Wow, beautiful hotel! I’m tempted to look it up and check their rates, but then again…. I probably don’t want to know until I win the lottery ;-)

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: