Kansas City, Missouri       



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The Kansas City Athenaeum Club House






The Club House was built in 1914 after 20 years of gathering in various locations. Members were meeting on the fifth floor of the downtown Pepper Building in 1907 when fire broke out. The club secretary gathered up books and records in a tablecloth to carry down the fire escape; the president and treasurer waited until all the others had been rescued before leaving the buidling. The incident motivated members to build a facility to call home.

Athenaeum Club House 1914
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Ballroom

The 500 enterprising members raised $33,000 to pay for the new structure, completed in 1914. Members sold baked and sewn goods, while others charged husbands and sons for domestic chores. The stunning Greek Revival design was selected in keeping with the Athenaeum's name. The building was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1979. It has served continuously as home to the Kansas City Athenaeum, as well as hosting parties, theatrical productions, weddings and receptions.

The Foyer provides an impressive introduction to the Ballroom/Auditorium, renowned for its acoustics. The Ballroom includes two-story stained glass windows, chandliers and a curtained stage.
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Foyer
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Music Room Balcony

The Balcony Music Room
was originally commissioned by the Conservatory of Music as a recital hall and has a barrell-vault ceiling and a platform that once held two pianos. One side of the room has a balcony that overlooks the Ballroom and a windowed wall can be lowered to enclose the space. The Music Room holds an audience of about 150 people.

The ground level Dining Room is a more casual space The room has a stone fireplace as its focal point. This room provides accommodating spaces for Club meetings and event preparation. It is adjacent to a spacious commercial kitchen and dishwashing room.

Dining Room


Click here to view more pictures of the first floor.


Click here to view more pictures of the second floor.

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