Location: 1800 Genessee St. Kansas City, MO
Historic Kansas City joins with many others who believe that Kemper Arena is historically and architecturally significant and an economic asset to the City. The building captured a civic vision in a bold design to last for the ages and is a signature work of a world famous and distinguished architect in the early moments of his career. Kemper Arena was the site of Kansas City’s last national political convention and a place where 40 years of memories have been forged. Historic Kansas City is currently working with a consultant to list the building on the National Register of Historic Places, which will better position the structure for reuse through the availability of Historic Tax Credits.
HKC is proud to have been a leader in the repurposing discussion. In May 2016 the City announced that they have chosen to negotiate the transfer of Kemper Arena to the Kansas City-based development firm Foutch Brothers, who plans to convert the West Bottoms landmark into a hub for youth and amateur sports.