Hotel Savoy

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The Hotel is a 6 floor, red brick building, and was built in 1888, in a European, Italian Renaissance design. The lobby has 18 ft. ceilings with art nouveau stained glass windows and hand-laid Italian tiles. The entire first floor front is done in stained glass. There is also extensive terra-cotta work in the front.

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It’s a tad frightening when you walk in the front doors… the hallway looks as if it is in the same decor it was when it was built. The original pigeon hole mailboxes, albeit in poor condition, still exists.

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As you continue to the front desk things appear a tiny bit more modern, except if you follow the link at the end of this post, it doesn’t appear to have changed much through the years. They also still use the mailboxes!

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The Art Nouveau style stained glass in the skylight was designed in Kansas City by Frank Anderson for the hotel lobby.  A stay here would be a truly nostalgic experience.

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From the Plaque on the outside of the Building:
The Savoy Hotel was constructed between 1890 and 1906 during a building boom which created some of the most architecturally significant buildings in the central business district. The first major hotel enroute from the old Union depot, it served as lodging for important political and stage personalities. It is of late nienteeth and early twentieth century design,with neoclassic and art nouveau features. The hotel lobby is preserved intact with the leaded stained glass dome 12 feet in diameter. The original Savoy Grill Room, with its stained glass, dark-oak woodwork, and historic murals by Edward Holslag, is the oldest restaurant in Kansas City and provides an authentic example of the dining style of our forebearers.

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Hotel Savoy
The Savoy, built in 1888, is said to be the oldest continuously running hotel West of the Mississippi. As you can imagine, the history and mysteries surrounding passers through and hotel guests of years past yield to plenty of ghost stories. The Savoy went through a renovation process in the late 1980’s and legend has it that the process extremely upset it’s resident ghosts. Two resident ghosts are said to live in the Savoy. One, Betsy Ward died in a bathtub in the 1800’s and is said to turn the water on and off and close the shower curtains in the room in which she died. The other, Fred Lightner, is said to haunt his former apartment. Hotel guests and staff are also said to have seen mysterious shadows, heard strange voices and have doors open and close on their own.

More history of the Hotel Savoy can be found by clicking here.

Final hotel stop, The President…

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~ by kcjewel on December 15, 2011.

3 Responses to “Hotel Savoy”

  1. The photos lovely…the Hotel, I’m not so sure I’d want to see the rooms first.

  2. LOVE the skylight!
    I’d be to chicken to find out if it’s really haunted. Reading that paragraph gave me goosebumps!

  3. What an interesting series you are posting, Jewel. I would love to stay in any of the holels. This one, I have seen before.

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