The Aladdin

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1925; architect, Phillip T. Drotts; builder, C.O. Jones.y

A glimpse of the holidays could be seen outside of The Aladdin, in the form of the wreath over the front entrance.  This KC landmark is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and re-opened in May 2007, following an extensive historic preservation. The restoration brought back the original art deco ambiance.

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Inside, the Christmas tree took center stage in the lobby, along with a display of gingerbread houses that were designed by the employee groups of the hotel as a charity fund raiser.  The group with the most pennies in their jar won the contents of all jars for their charity.  The catch was that bills counted against the pennies, hence other groups stuffed the jars with bills.  How do I know?… the bellman spent a good ten minutes explaining the process.

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This window is on the front of the hotel facing Barney Allis Plaza.  Allis owned, operated and lived in the Muehlebach Hotel.

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This letter drop box, like the pigeon hole mailboxes in the Hotel Muehlebach, are items that will soon no longer be used and the new generation may not even know what USPS was.

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The following is taken from National Register of Historic Places Inventory Nomination Form

The building is modeled in the Italian Romanesque style. The west facade, which contains the main entrance, is composed of a rectangular block, rising 16 stories and capped by a gold tiled, pyramidal roof. The 1st through 3rd stories of this facade, 50 feet in width, are faced with white limestone. The ground and second stories are pierced by three round arches that contain alternating lighter and darker-colored stone voussoirs. The building extends 142 feet to the east as an elongated rectangular block which is placed perpendicularly to the west block. As the easterly projection is slightly more narrow and shorter than its western projection, the main facade takes on the appearance of a tower. On the upper floors of the north, south, and west facades are terra cotta pillars, with recessed window groupings that function to create a five-bay accent. A series of brick pilasters are carried up ten floors of the facade. They are crowned by life-size female figures of terra cotta. An enclosed roof garden on the 16th floor provided seating for 700 persons. Shops originally lined the 1st floor along the alley to the north of the building, but have been bricked in. The hotel is connected by a tunnel to the Auditorium Plaza Garage across the street to the west.

A bit more Aladdin history can be found by clicking here.

… on to Hotel Phillips

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~ by kcjewel on December 13, 2011.

5 Responses to “The Aladdin”

  1. Very interesting and excellently photographed, Jewel!

  2. Thanks Terry… are you from this area or have you just visited KC? I believe you said that you visited the Muehlebach.

  3. I was just a visitor there, several times in the early 70’s. I remember liking the city.

  4. I love the details in old buildings. This one is no exception.

  5. Oops, I’m so far behind on your blog, I misssed this one!
    Another beautiful hotel.

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