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Hotel Monroe Condominiums

1904 Main Street
Kansas City, MO 64108

With the completion of the new Union Station Terminal at Pershing Road and Main Street in 1914, the need for affordable lower class hotel space was realized. The hotels in the Midtown area, specifically those of 19th and Main Street, Kansas City, reflect an important aspect of the city's cultural history and development. With the completion of Union Station in 1914, investors took advantage of the opportunity to construct convenient, comfortable, and efficient hotels in the area surrounding the new railroad terminal. During the ensuing years, Midtown catered to train passengers and employees. The hotels in the area provided a mixture of transient and more permanent residential lodging.

Raymond H. Sanneman, architect for the Dixon Hotel (1912), designed the Monroe Hotel in 1920 for the Dubinsky Brothers. Elelman-Fleming Construction Company was hired as the general contractor. The Building is of reinforced concrete with brick and terra cotta. The five-story hotel was desined to carry an additional three stories. Concrete Engineering was awarded the structural steel contract. The cost of the hotel was estimated at $150,000.

In 1924 Thomas J. Pendergast, boss of the Democratic Machine in Kansas City beginning in the early 1920s, bought the Monroe Hotel. Pendergast hired Sanneman to design a two-story building adjacent to the south side of the hotel at 1908 Main. This building served as the headquarters for the Jackson County Democratic Club. It also served as Pendergast's office where much of his business was conducted until the late 1930s. Sometime after he purchased the hotel, a doorway was installed between his second floor office and the hotel giving Pendergast a convenient, if not clandestine, entry. Out of town visitors to Pendergast's office frequently stayed at the Monroe Hotel. After Pendergast's release from prison for income tax evasion, a Federal Court ordered the doorway to be sealed and barred Pendergast from any further political activity. With its link to Pendergast and the Democratic Party, this hotel is highly representative of working class hotel accommodations.

The hotel ceased operations in 1971 and was unused for over 30 years. It will now be turned into 8 luxury condominiums.

Once housing 20 hotel rooms on each floor, there will be just two condos per floor, each with 22 to 28 windows per unit to provide abundant natural light.  Standard unit finishes include top-of-the-line appliances and cabinets.  Outdoor space, in the form of a deck or metal balcony comes with each condo.  Indoor parking is supplied in the buidlings first floor.

The units range in size from 1,930 to 2,500 square feet, with initial prices from $405,000 to $670,00.  HOA dues will run about $0.25 per square foot.

Renovation of the Hotel Monroe was completed in summer 2006.

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