2005 to 2012: Exterior Restoration, Infrastructure & Planning
In 2005, the Kansas City Museum began a site-wide historic restoration and renovation process (all buildings and grounds) led by International Architects Atelier (IAA), a local architecture studio committed to design excellence through exploration, experimentation, and innovation. From 2005 to 2012, the following was completed with public funding:
- roof restoration and exterior masonry repair to Corinthian Hall
- demolition of non-original construction
- restoration of major art glass in Corinthian Hall
- window and door replacement in Corinthian Hall and the Carriage House to energy efficient and UV protection glass
- installation of HVAC system for Corinthian Hall and the Carriage House
- new elevator in Corinthian Hall
- an interpretive plan (2010) with proposed thematic approaches and site-use projections
May 2014: Management by the Parks and Recreation Department
In May 2014, the City of Kansas City, Missouri, Parks and Recreation Department began to operate and manage the Kansas City Museum. The Museum has been owned by the City of Kansas City, Missouri since 1948.
February 2015: Condition Assessment & Treatment Plan
In February 2015, STRATA Architecture + Preservation completed an interior assessment and treatment plan for the first floor of Corinthian Hall (the mansion). This plan was created to serve as a road map for future historic restoration and renovation of the first floor spaces of Corinthian Hall. The plan was funded in part by the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Fund for Historic Interiors at the National Trust for Historic Preservation.
April 2015 to Present: Architectural Design Phases and Master Planning
In April 2015, the Parks Department hired International Architects Atelier (IAA) to provide professional design services for the Kansas City Museum. Design is being completed in phases. For a list of IAA’s design consultants on their project team, please click IAA’s Consultant List.
For Phase One Design, the Discovery Phase, IAA and their project team investigated and documented the existing physical conditions of the museum complex (five original, existing buildings, and grounds) and prepared the following: a conditions survey, utility needs and assessment report, site survey, geotechnical report, environment assessment report, exterior way-finding signage, and community outreach.
For Phase Two Design, Master Planning, IAA and their project team explored the educational and interpretive programming and space needs of the museum complex. The Kansas City Museum is being designed to transform the private residence and estate into a nationally recognized history museum, complete with necessary form and functionality for first-rate exhibitions, programs, collections facilities, and amenities. Moreover, the Kansas City Museum will be the City’s official “residence,” serving as the home to Kansas City’s history and accommodating official, signature events and gatherings.
As part of Phase Two Design, Master Planning, IAA has prepared a Space Planning Report that provides the following: the phases of design and stages of construction, preliminary floor plans, select architectural renderings, accessibility reviews, the cost estimates associated with each phase of design and stage of construction, and community outreach.
On August 23, 2016, the Board of Parks and Recreation Commissioners approved design work completed thus far in Phase One Design and Phase Two Design, and approved IAA to begin Phase Three Design.
For Phase Three Design, IAA is preparing construction documents for Stage I Construction to begin in 2017 and to be completed and open to the public by 2019.
In January 2017, JE Dunn Construction Co. (JE Dunn) was hired by the Parks Department as the Construction Manager At-Risk for Stage I Construction. Currently, JE Dunn is providing pre-construction services and working with IAA and their project team as they prepare construction documents for Corinthian Hall.
Stages of Construction
The Space Planning Report projects several stages of construction, beginning in 2017 and proceeding beyond 2025. Each stage of construction will be preceded by a phase of design. Additionally, each stage of construction will incrementally increase and improve exhibitions, collections, and program spaces as well as amenities, and each stage will open to the public a new face of the Museum upon its completion.
Stage I Construction includes the restoration and renovation of the lower level, first floor, second floor, and third floor of Corinthian Hall (the mansion) to be completed and open to the public in 2019.
- The lower level of Corinthian Hall will include a historically restored billiards room, a new interpretation of the museum’s former, beloved “soda fountain,” public restrooms, kitchen facilities, and spaces for administrative functions.
- The first floor of Corinthian Hall will include historically preserved, restored, recreated, and rehabilitated rooms that will be used for programs, events, interpretive history exhibits, and contemporary thematic art installations. The first floor will also have a museum store, and a museum café and demonstration kitchen.
- The second floor of Corinthian Hall will include renovated exhibit galleries that showcase historical materials from the Museum’s permanent collection, and a meeting room/education space for community use and Parks Board meetings.
- The third floor of Corinthian Hall will include renovated exhibit galleries, a theater, and an interactive space for recording and sharing stories.
Stage II Construction includes the restoration and renovation of the Carriage House to be completed and open to the public by 2020.
Stage III Construction includes the restoration and renovation of the other existing, original buildings (Conservatory, Gate House, and Gardener’s Tool Shed), perimeter fence and gates, and the grounds to be completed and open to the public by 2022.
Stage IV Construction includes an expansion with a new building on the property to be completed and open to the public by 2025.