The Netherland and Monarch Apartments.
A Rebirth on Main!
Join us at 5:30 PM on Wednesday, October 28th as we celebrate the rebirth of the Netherland.
PLACE: Virtually from the comfort of your home using your computer, tablet or smartphone.
ORGANIZER: The Urban Core Group.
HOSTS: The Netherland Apartments, Canary Bar and Bistro, and Historic Kansas City.
SPONSORS: Exact Partners.
HKC MEMBERS ATTEND FREE – Details and link will be provided to you prior to the event.
The year is 1928 and Kansas City Mo is approaching 400,000 population. The Republican Presidential convention held at the Kansas City Convention Hall had just nominated Herbert Hoover as their Presidential candidate. At the south end of what was then close to the “end of Town”, construction begins on 10 story “Tacoma Hotel”. Originally slated to be a twin tower masterpiece this project stalled due to a lack of capital. Not long after that a firm from Holland picked up the mortgage and continued the project to become “The Netherlands Hotel”. The new configuration took on “U” shaped design with shops in the lower level. When completed The Netherlands/Monarch would have 164 studio units and one bedroom hotel rooms.
The address continued to be The Netherlands until 1982 when it was sold and converted to senior apartments by J. Nelson Happy, who renamed it Hawthorn Plaza. After 20+ years of neglect the facade began to fall onto Main St. and subsequently the building was condemned by the City. The building sold again.
From 2006 -2012 the current owners were unsuccessful in obtaining the funds needed to restore the historic building. In 2013, Historic Kansas City added the building to The Most Endangered Places List. For the next 5 years her existence hung in the balance between oblivion and what?
In 2017 Exact Partners with a $5 MM Bond from PIEA became the developer. Her new look will have 118 One Bedroom and Studio Apartments, a street level restaurant and hotel style entrance.