Urban Explorers Tour: Cosby Hotel
Event Sponsors: Sunflower Development, Historic Kansas City
Don’t miss the opportunity to explore the Cosby Hotel and get an insiders look before renovation is complete!
One of the oldest surviving buildings downtown, the brick commercial building was constructed in 1881 at 101-107 W. 9th Street on speculation by James W. Wood. The Wood’s Building was the office location of several prominent physicians, including Dr. Martha C. Dibble, one of few female medical practitioners in KC during the late 1800s. At the turn of the century, Joseph D. Cosby purchased the Wood’s Building converting it into the Hotel Cosby, a sixty-six room facility with a single bathroom and bathtub per floor of the hotel.
The upper floors of the Cosby were closed in 1964, and the lower commercial storefronts were completely vacated when Lane Blueprint changed locations in
1995. The building is part of the Ninth Street Historic District, a group of 19th-century buildings listed with the National Register of Historic Places in 1976. The upper floors of the approximately 112 year old hotel space are largely intact boasting most of its original detail barring any renovations. The Hotel Cosby is considered by most to be a time capsule almost unheard of in modern Kansas City.
The building was threatened with demolition in 2010 before Historic Kansas City and the Downtown Council worked with the city to invest in its stabilization. The building is currently being renovated by Sunflower Development into a downstairs deli and bakery and office space on the upper floors.
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$10 per person. Flat, closed toed shoes required.