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Baltimore Hotel
Baltimore Hotel
TitleBaltimore Hotel
DescriptionPostcard of the Baltimore Hotel, 11th Street entrance
Historical ArticleMany post cards were made of the old Baltimore Hotel, both of the interior and exterior. Most of the exterior views were taken from the newer 12th Street side.

This card, printed in color by Webb-Freyschlog Mercantile Co. of Kansas City, shows the 11th Street entrance at the left side of the card, and the Baltimore entrance, with its three arched balconies. Horse-drawn cabs and one early-day motor car stand at the curbs.

The first unit of the hotel at the 11th Street corner (pictured) was built in 1898 and 1899. It replaced the Merril lumber yard. Two stories were added in 1901. This was extended south in 1904, and in 1908 the 12-story building at the corner of 12th and Baltimore was constructed. Louis Curtiss was the architect.

The 1907 post card was received from Geraldine Rodd Sirene of Wahkon, Minn., who tells of finding the card among her mother's things. She writes: The card of the old Baltimore Hotel, which I remember very well. Now I am 72 years old. Many times as a young girl my date would take me to dinner there and we would dance. Such wonderful memories. We lived in a little white bungalow at 3404 Flora Ave. and attended Faxon school, St. Vincent's Academy and then Central High.

The Baltimore Hotel was known for its cuisine. The hotel had one of the most outstanding chefs of the day, Adrian Delvaux. Parties given there included one in honor of Madam Schumann Heink, Caruso, Lillian Russell, several of the nation's presidents and hundreds of others with impressive names and titles.

The block-long hotel, Kansas City's finest (before the Muehlebach), was closed in 1939. The 500 rooms were emptied and all furniture and equipment sold at an auction conducted in the Pompeian Room, once the hub of social and business life in Kansas City. Delvaux came back to Kansas City to attend the sale and was greeted by many friends and patrons of the past.

Today the City Center Square occupies the old hotel site as well as the remainder of the block bounded by Main, Baltimore, 12th and 11th.

Kansas City Times
June 8, 1979

AuthorRay, Mrs. Sam (Mildred)
Item TypePostcard
CollectionMrs. Sam Ray Postcard Collection (SC58)
See finding aid: http://localhistory.kclibrary.org/u?/Local,36981
Local SubjectHotels
Baltimore Hotel
Digital FormatJPEG
RepositoryMissouri Valley Special Collections, Kansas City Public Library, Kansas City, Missouri
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