For 21c Kansas City, the design team faced an unusual challenge: how to transform a beloved local landmark with a deeply layered history into a 21st century hospitality experience. Originally built in 1888 as the Savoy Hotel, the building was added onto over time and features an eclectic mix of Victorian and Arts and Crafts architectural details, finishes, and murals, along with 20th century historical markers and various other elements. Since all 21c projects are designed to be true-to-place, respecting this history — quirks and all — was paramount to the project, even as we sought to create a contemporary experience that reflects the growth of Kansas City today.
Rather than conceal or strip away these many elements, the approach was to highlight and dramatize the multiple layers to create a one-of-a-kind immersive environment that could only be found in Kansas City, Missouri.
Collaborators

Deborah Berke Partners

Design Architect

Hufft Projects

Executive Architect

Bob D Campbell & Co.

Structural Engineer

PKMR Engineers

Mechanical Engineer

S&S Engineering

Electric/Plumbing Engineer

Rosin Preservation

Historic Consultant

STRATA Architecture + Preservation

Envelope Consultant

Avant Acoustics

A/V Design

Illumination Works

Lighting Designer

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Drawings

Bird's eye photograph of building site and context
Ground floor plan.
Floor plan.