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President Hotel
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Hilton President Kansas City in April 2011
Location 1327-1335 Baltimore Ave., Kansas City, Missouri, United States
Area 2 acres (0.81 ha)
Built 1926
Architect Shepard & Wiser; Siedhoff, George
MPS Hotels in Downtown Kansas City TR
NRHP reference No. 83001016
Added to NRHP August 08, 1983
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Looking north at the President Hotel

The Hotel President, formerly the President Hotel, is a historic hotel in Kansas City, Missouri, United States. It is now operated as the Hilton President Kansas City by Jury Hotel Group of Overland Park Kansas, and is located at 1327-35 Baltimore Avenue.

History

The President Hotel was built and completed in 1926 by Niagara Falls businessman Frank A. Dudley and operated by the United Hotels Company. The hotel was built in a construction boom that also saw the erection of the nearby Mainstreet Theater, Midland Theatre, and Kansas City Power and Light Building.

The hotel closed its doors in 1980. It later underwent a $45.5 million restoration by developer Ron Jury and reopened in 2005 as the Hilton President Kansas City. The hotel is managed by Jury Hotel Group of Overland Park, Kansas. The hotel’s General Manager is Philip Strnad.

Additional renovations were completed in 2017. These renovations included all guest rooms and meeting rooms. The acclaimed Presidential Suite, and Reagan suites were renovated in 2019.

The President Hotel is the only hotel located in the Power and Light District. Additionally, the President has been awarded the prestigious AAA Four Diamond rating for 11 years running.

The President is a franchise hotel of Hilton Hotels of Bethesda, Maryland.

The Hotel President was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1983.

Significance

In 1928, it was the headquarters for the 1928 Republican National Convention, which nominated Herbert Hoover for President. The hotel's Drum Room lounge attracted entertainers from across the country, including Frank Sinatra, Benny Goodman and Marilyn Maye.

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Hotel President looking from the convention center
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