Seeking a location to host the 2019 Conference and Dollmaking School, NIADA artist Cindee Moyer traveled to Kansas City to discover an iconic hotel with an illustrious past. Originally established in 1931, the Hotel Phillips was once the tallest building in town, standing 20 stories high and boasting 400 guest rooms. Today, it offers 216 elegant guest rooms and is on the national Register of Historic Places, yet it maintains much of the historic charm and original Art Deco features which make it a true gem in the heart of downtown.
An art lover’s paradise, Hotel Phillips offers beauty around every corner. Original Art Deco features include elaborate bronze and nickle metalwork, lustrous walnut paneling, stylish light fixtures and their symbol of light and hospitality, Dawn, the statue in the lobby.
NIADA 2019 runs from Monday July 15th through Wednesday July 17th for the dollmaking school and Thursday July 18th through Sunday July 21st for the conference.
Rooms are $179 for a single or double. Registration begins on January 1, 2019.
Kansas City’s Power and Light District hosts dozens of shops, restaurants, bars and entertainment venues. In the heart of the city, it also houses the Hotel Phillips.
The Kansas City Streetcar offers a free ride around the District. It runs primarily on Main Street from the River Market to Union Station, with a multitude of shops and restaurants along the way.
River Market is nestled just south of the Missouri River and hosts a weekend City Market with over 140 vendors selling fresh produce, baked goods and other local fare.
Union Station is home to the Kansas City Ballet as well the Gottlieb Planetarium, the KC Railroad Experience, a permanent rail exhibit; Science City, theaters, a 5 1/2 story 3-D screen, shops, restaurants and much more.