Phoenix Hotel Building - 1888 - Kansas City, Mo.
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member iconions
N 39° 06.283 W 094° 35.181
15S E 362834 N 4329595
Quick Description: This three story red brick building is located at 300-304 West 8th Street in Kansas City, Mo.
Location: Missouri, United States
Date Posted: 7/8/2017 11:57:28 PM
Waymark Code: WMW4B8
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member T0SHEA
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Long Description:

National Register of Historic Places
Wholesale District
(Seal of Historic Garment District)

Phoenix Hotel Building

1888


- Marker Text



This three-story, red brick, Neo-Romanesque style building has cast iron storefronts and round arched windows. It is in good condition.

- National Register Application



The corner of downtown Kansas City where the Phoenix now sits used to be known as part of the Burgeoning Garment District in 1888. The Phoenix was there from the beginning, a somewhat shady hotel that was rumored to be more of a bordello than a hotel. On the first floor there was a speak-easy type saloon owned and operated by bartender Frank Valerius, and on the second floor was a "hotel" owned by Mrs. Linna Laws.

The main competition for The Phoenix were the hotels Metropolitan and The Savoy. The Exchange Hotel, which went belly up long ago, still sits dejected across the street from the thriving Phoenix much like a dead soldier from a war fought long ago.

- The Phoenix Website



Year built or dedicated as indicated on the structure or plaque: 1888

Full Inscription (unless noted above):
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Website (if available): [Web Link]

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