Kansas City, MO

The historical Belmont Hotel on Linwood Boulevard in Kansas City used to be home to the affluent in its early years

CJ Coombs

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In May 2016, the Missouri Advisory Council on Historic Preservation considered the nomination forms presented for historical buildings to be added to the National Register of Historic Places (NRHP). The Belmont Hotel was one of the venues being considered.

The Belmont Hotel is located at 911 E. Linwood Boulevard in Kansas City, Missouri. On August 4, 2016, it was added to the NRHP.

The architectural style in the late 19th to early 20th century was American movements. The architect was L. Grant Middaugh. The building was designed for John H. Van Closter, hotel developer, and the Belmont Building Company in 1912--over 100 years ago! The hotel has also been previously named Hotel Lucerne and the Thornton and Minor Hospital.

History

The Belmont Hotel contains six stories. When it was constructed between 1912-1913, it represented what an apartment hotel was in that era. There are some elements of Classical Revival and Prairie-style architecture.

The large kitchen and dining room still exist as well as the corridors. The function of the hotel was to provide a residential facility for families.

Each unit in the hotel was either a private room or a suite. They were designed without kitchens.

There are four apartment hotels that exist on Linwood Boulevard and the Belmont Hotel is one of them. Because there were several away from downtown, it represents a housing option that was popular at that time period. It was considered more upscale living without the necessity of having to purchase a property.

The hotel was once a hospital and nursing home

As multi-family apartment hotel living started to decline especially after the war, the owners knew they could either convert the apartment hotel into an actual hotel or an apartment building.

According to census information from 1920 and 1930, the residents were professionals from the upper middle class and many were in their 50s. One family who lived there in 1920 ended up moving into a home in a nice subdivision in Kansas six years later.

At some point, the name of the hotel was changed to Lucerne Hotel.

Because the owners didn’t have enough customers for a hotel or the money for an apartment building, they sold the hotel to a previous tenant, Dr. W. E. Minor, who founded the Thornton and Minor Hospital in the same building. Dr. Minor was also one of the early tenants of the building. There weren’t a lot of alterations required to convert this building into a healthcare facility.

Dr. W. E. Minor, who was one of the early tenants lived near the front of the building on the top floor. He also founded Thornton & Minor Hospital which eventually occupied the building causing another name change in 1949. In 1957, Thornton & Minor moved to Excelsior Springs.

In 1958, the building became a regional headquarters for the Veteran’s Administration, and in the late 1960s, a nursing home was housed in this building — Mission East Nursing Home.

Though vacant for a number of years, this property has some amazing architectural features. Over the years it has been occupied as a hotel, retirement home, and administrative office. (Source.)

In 2016, it was reported that the Belmont Hotel was going to be renovated into an apartment building with market-rate apartments.

In early 2021, it was written in Flatland that, "A $162 million redevelopment concept that would energize the historic commercial heart of Troost Avenue by adding apartments, retail, office and an amphitheater is being pursued by Midtown Development Partners." (Source.)

This redevelopment concept consists of phases putting the Belmont Hotel in Phase Three. According to this plan, Airbnb space would be on the first two floors. The remaining floors would have affordable housing.

The Belmont Hotel was part of a concentration of upscale hotels and apartment hotels built during the early twentieth century along a six-block stretch of Linwood Boulevard between Campbell Street on the east and Flora Avenue on the west. (Source.)

Click here to read Historic Kansas City's Once it's gone, it's gone forever. This piece covers a lot of buildings including the Belmont Hotel at the closing of the story. According to real estate sites, this building was taken off the market as of 2019.

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