City celebrates Kansas City Museum restoration

Mayor Sly James speaks at press conference at the Kansas City Museum July 10. PHOTO/Elizabeth Orosco

Kansas City Museum Executive Director Anna Marie Tutera speaks at press conference at the Kansas City Museum July 10. PHOTO/ Elizabeth Orosco

Former Parks and Recreation Director Mark McHenry speaks at press conference at the Kansas City Museum July 10. PHOTO/Elizabeth Orosco

 

 

 

KANSAS CITY – Stage one of the $22 million Kansas City Museum renovation is officially complete. The architectural construction for Corinthian Hall include marble, plaster, and wood restoration, new galleries, update programming space, and other amenities.

Stakeholders, media, city leaders, museum staff, and residents gathered in front of the sweeping staircase of the Robert A. Long Foundation Grand Hall Wednesday, July 10 to hear from Mayor Sly James, Mayor-elect Quinton Lucas, City Manager Troy Schulte, members of the board of Parks and Recreation, and others, regarding the effort and city-wide collaboration that was necessary to make the restoration a reality.

Lucas noted the “Herculean effort” required to undertake the project and thanked outgoing Mayor James for his work over the years.

“Mayor James kept us moving in a straight and direct path,” he said. “Everyone on council had a different idea. I disagree with his assertion that he didn’t have anything to do with it. I think he was core and central to that.”

Mayor James highlighted the historical importance of the museum, looking to future generations being able to discover their roots inside the newly renovated space.

“This is one of Kansas City’s most significant cultural assets and treasures,” he said. “It’s also good to be able to celebrate our city’s history and commitment to preserving this building so that other generations, future generations, will truly understand the history and culture of Kansas City.”

The next portion is phase two which includes renovations to the Carriage House and Caretaker’s Home.

Look for the full story in the July 17 issue of the Northeast News.

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