Municipal Auditorium, Kansas City

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Municipal Auditorium is a multi-purpose facility located in Kansas City, Missouri. It opened in 1936 and features Streamline Moderne and Art Deco architecture and architectural details.
Municipal Auditorium was the first building built as part of the "Ten-Year Plan", a bond program that passed by a 4 to 1 margin in 1931. The campaign was run by the Civic Improvement Committee chaired by Conrad H. Mann. Other buildings in the plan included the Kansas City City Hall and the Kansas City branch of the Jackson County Courthouse. The plan was championed by most local politicians including Thomas Pendergast and provided Pendergast with many patronage opportunities during the Great Depression.
Municipal Auditorium replaced Convention Hall which was directly across the street and was torn down for parking in what is now called the Barney Allis Plaza.
The streamline moderne architecture was designed by the lead architectural firm of Alonzo H. Gentry, Voskamp & Neville. Gentry later completed the design of the Harry S. Truman Presidential Library and Museum after the death of the original architect, Edward F. Neild. Homer F. Neville was the lead designer for Municipal Auditorium.
Hoit, Price & Barnes, the associated architects were responsible for the design of the mechanical work (HVAC, electrical, plumbing). William L. Cassell directed that design effort. Cassell went on to start his own firm in 1933 which is still in business as W. L. Cassell & Associates, Inc.
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  • My good review is to the friendly and helpful box office, the friendly confines and history (Tiny Archibald played there.). I had court-side seats for good but essentially crowd-less basketball.  more »
  • We were at Municipal Auditorium for the MIAA basketball tournament. Parking across the street was easy and convenient.  more »
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  • Wonderful place. Several thousand seats. Nice professional security officers. Plenty Of restrooms (usually very clean.) Plenty warm in winter-time. Great parking, including disabled parking. Several food merchants on the inside. Good location North of Wichita.
  • We visited here to watch Tuba Christmas perform & set the Guinness Book world record. The need better signs directing you to the parking garage for the auditorium. We parked & walked a ways. The actual auditorium is older & smells like an older building. Plenty of seating for the event.

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