Congratulations to the Oglesby Apartments team on their 2023 Preserve Missouri award! The Oglesby was honored during the 2023 Honor Awards ceremony held Tuesday, April 25th in the Missouri State Capitol.
“The Oglesby Hotel in Kansas City was built in 1891 as a private residence and converted to a 40-room hotel in 1911 with the addition of a full 3rd story. In 2017, concerned about the lack of affordable housing in the neighborhood, locals established 3930 Troost, LLC and began fundraising to purchase and rehab the structure.
It is unclear how long the building was vacant before it was purchased by 3930 Troost, LLC for conversion into apartments. Prolonged vacancy had led to water infiltration and areas of deterioration, and no updates appear to have been made past the 1960s. With the help of local real estate developers experienced with affordable housing and the historic rehabilitation tax credit, construction began only to be halted by COVID in 2020. When construction resumed, the team hustled to complete the project by early 2023.
One of the most striking improvements was the removal of a 1954 non-contributing addition that covered the facade. The small rooms were combined to create modern, habitable apartment layouts while still retaining the historic configuration. Historic fabric was retained wherever possible, including plaster walls and ceilings, wood trim, and the unique historic tile in the vestibule, lobby and some of the bathrooms. Details from a c.1935 renovation that modified the lobby also remain, including marble wainscot, fireplace, and stone tile.
This striking rehabilitation of the Oglesby Hotel has successfully created much-needed affordable housing in the South Hyde Park Historic District of Kansas City.”