Friday June 6, 2014 at 7:00 PM CDT
Sunday June 8, 2014 at 3:00 PM CDT

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Katz Hall at UMKC campus 
5005 Rockhill Road
Kansas City, MO 64110

Driving Directions 


HistoricKansasCity.com and KCMODERN.com 
8169318448 or 9132625056 

 We go rain or shine but a few rainy day changes . . .

Tickets can still be purchased at the Curtiss Studio in the morning or under the white tent in Westheight Manor during the afternoon tour.  If you purchased online, please show your receipt, your ticket or you can pick up your tour wrist band at either the Curtiss Studio during the morning tour or under the white tent in Westheight Manor for the afternoon tour.

The Mineral Hall walk-about tour, 4340 Oak, has been rescheduled from noon to 4:00 because of the weather.

We DON'T have a breakfast or lunch food truck.

Stay dry but happy touring!!


Architect Louis Curtiss Festival Weekend 

TALKING Louis Curtiss

FREE event - Friday, June 6th, 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm - Getting to know Louis Curtiss!

Katz Hall at UMKC - 5005 Rockhill Road, Kansas City, Missouri

A conversation with Louis Curtiss experts with a mixed media presentation

FREE street parking or in the faculty parking lot, east of Katz Hall, look for KCMODERN signs

PARTY LIKE Louis Curtiss

FREE event - Friday, June 6th, 9:30 pm - Late Night Speakeasy Bash

Social Bar and Grill - 1118 McGee, Kansas City, Missouri 

Social is on the first floor of the Louis Curtiss Studio Building.  On Friday night the lounge transitions into a nightclub, even though you are in Kansas City, you could be in San Francisco or Las Vegas.  Cocktails, food, dancing and entertainment.

WALKING Louis Curtiss

$20.00 for Historic Kansas City members.  Not a member?  Join here!

$25.00 for non-members

Tour wrist band and registration required for tour entry.  You can register online below and pickup the wrist band and Weekend Event Guide Friday night or at tour locations.

Saturday, June 7th - Tours

10:00 am - Noon - Downtown Kansas City, Missouri Tour

A breakfast food truck will be at the Curtiss studio from 9:30am - 10:30am

Louis Curtiss Studio and Residence - 1118-1120 McGee - Guided tour

The building was designed and built in 1908-1909.  The three story building was built with commercial space on the ground floor.  The second and third floor had a working studio and residence.  The current owner has preserved and is currently renovating the building.

Boley Building - 1124-1130 Walnut - Guided tour

This was designed and built in 1908-1909 for the Boley Clothing Company.  It was the first glass and metal curtain wall building in the United States. It has been preserved and renovated by the current owner, Andrews McMeel Universal.

" Mineral Hall" - 4340 Oak - Garden exterior walkabout tour

The William Rule residence was designed and built in 1903-1904.  An addition on the north side, designed by Curtiss, was added in 1905.  It was for the second owner, Roland E. Bruner, to house his mineral collection, giving the house the name "Mineral Hall".  It is currently owned by the Kansas City Art Institute.


1:00 pm - 4:00 pm - Residential Tour - Guided Tours

Norman Tromanhauser Residence - 3603 West Roanoke Drive, Kansas City, Missouri

The residence was designed and built in 1914-1915.  It was first in a series of distinctive bungalows designed by Curtiss.  The living room mirrors the Curtiss downtown studio.

Jesse Hoel Residence - 2108 Washington Boulevard, Westheight Manor, Kansas City, Kansas

The residence was designed and built in 1915-1916 for Hoel who was the developer for Westheight Manor.

Harry Miller Residence - 2204 Washington Boulevard, Westheight Manor, Kansas City, Kansas

This residence was designed and built in 1920-1921.  It has the most intact original interior.


$75.00 - Limited availability, register by Wednesday, June 4th.

Saturday, June 7th, 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Catered Garden Reception

Corrigan Residence - 1200 West 55th Street

Kansas City, Missouri

The reception includes a rare guided tour of the first floor.  The residence was designed and built in 1912-1913 by Bernard Corrigan.  Mr Corrigan died before the house was completed.  After two brief ownerships, the property was sold to Robert R. Sutherland in 1923.  It remained in the Sutherland family for 59 years.  It is often called the Corrigan-Sutherland Residence

HEARING Louis Curtiss

FREE event - Sunday, June 8th - Concert and Backstage Tour

Folly Theater - 300 West 12th Street, Kansas City, Missouri

1:00 pm - 1:30 pm   To appreciate the incredible acoutics from the Curtiss designed Folly, distinguished cellist Eman Chalshotori will provide a private concert.  Eman is currently pursuing a Master's degree at the UMKC Conservatory.  He is acting principal cello for the Midwest Chamber Ensemble and a member of the Topeka Symphony.  Past experience includes principal cellist for the Orchestra of the Pines, member of the Pineywood's Camerata, international touring with the University of Central Oklahoma Chamber Orchestra and soloist debut with the Oklahoma City Philharmonic.

1:30 pm - 3:00 pm - Backstage tour and stories about the Folly.   The Folly was orginally named the Standard Theatre.  It opened on September 23, 1900.  It's storied past and performers include Sarah Bernhardt, Rickard Mansfield, Maude Adams, Al Jolson, Fannie Brice, Eddie Foy, Jack Johnson, Jack Dempsey, the Marx Brothers, Gypsy Rose Lee, Tempest Storm, Sally Rand and Chesty Gabor.  In 1981, after a seven year restoration, the Folly opened again.  Multiple renovations and restorations also occured in 2000 and 2005.  It currently is one of the premiere Kansas City theaters.   Haunted?  Find out on Sunday.

SPONSORS of the Louis Curtiss Festival


ModernKCHome      Retro Inferno        Kissick Construction      The Folly