This past Saturday morning marked an important milestone for a local, cultural landmark. The Kansas City Museum, located at 3218 Gladstone Blvd., hosted a ceremony to honor the past and look toward the future. The sign reading “Kansas City Museum of History and Science” was removed as it fails to properly represent the museum’s current and future mission. Today, the facility collects, preserves, and interprets Kansas City’s local and regional history.
The 1910 Beaux-Arts style mansion, also known as Corinthian Hall, was originally built by lumber baron, Robert Alexander Long as a private home for his family. Since 1996, IAA has been working with the museum and other civic leaders to transform the former private estate into a rich and vibrant venue capturing the history and cultural fabric of our area. Renovations have been extensive over the years. Currently, IAA is working with KCMO Parks and Rec and museum staff to explore programming and space needs for the site in order to create a fully functioning and sustainable facility.
Visit our Facebook page to view images from the ceremony. Anyone who has yet to do so should check out the Kansas City Museum’s website, brush up on some KC history, and plan a visit today!
From left: KCMO City Architect, Eric Bosch; Parks and Rec Commissioners, Amber Hackett and David Mecklenburg; Parks & Rec Deputy Director, Terry Rynard; KC Museum Executive Director, Anna Marie Tutera; and Director of Parks and Rec, Mark McHenry pose with the old museum sign.