Sheraton Kansas City Hotel at Crown Center

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Sheraton Kansas City Hotel at Crown Center
Hyatt Regency Crown Center Kansas City MO.jpg
Sheraton Kansas City Hotel with glass skyway connection to Crown Center.
Former namesHyatt Regency Kansas City, Hyatt Regency Crown Center
Hotel chainSheraton
General information
LocationUnited States
Coordinates39°05′06″N 94°34′48″W / 39.085°N 94.580°W / 39.085; -94.580Coordinates: 39°05′06″N 94°34′48″W / 39.085°N 94.580°W / 39.085; -94.580
OpeningJuly 1, 1980; 39 years ago (July 1, 1980)
CostUS$150 million
OwnerHallmark Cards
ManagementStarwood Hotels
Height153.62 m (504.0 ft)
Technical details
Floor count45
Design and construction
ArchitectEdward Larrabee Barnes
DeveloperCrown Center Redevelopment Corporation
Other information
Number of rooms733
Number of suites39
Number of restaurantsCrayola Cafe

The Sheraton Kansas City Hotel at Crown Center is a 504.0 ft (153.62 m), 45-story hotel located in the Crown Center complex in Kansas City, Missouri. It was Missouri's tallest building from 1980 to 1986, it is now the state's sixth-tallest building and Kansas City's third-tallest building.

The hotel opened on July 1, 1980 as the Hyatt Regency Kansas City. It was renamed the Hyatt Regency Crown Center in 1987, and then the Sheraton Kansas City Hotel at Crown Center on December 1, 2011.[4]

It has 42,860 sq ft (3,982 m2) of function space, a 17,487 sq ft (1,624.6 m2) ballroom and a dedicated exhibit hall with 15,360 sq ft (1,427 m2). It has 733 guestrooms, including 42 suites.[5]

The hotel was formerly topped by a revolving rooftop restaurant, Skies, which closed along with the hotel's Peppercorn Duck Club when the hotel became a part of Starwood Hotels and Resorts Worldwide;[6] the former Skies restaurant reopened as the Sheraton Club Lounge, a private club. [7]

The Crown Center complex was built by Hallmark Cards, adjacent to their headquarters, and southeast of the Downtown loop, where most of Kansas City's tallest buildings are located.

Skywalk collapse[edit]

On July 17, 1981, 114[8] people were killed in the hotel when the fourth floor walkway in the atrium collapsed on the second floor walkway during a tea dance attended by more than 1,300 revelers. An investigation revealed that tie rods supporting the walkway did not meet Kansas City building codes.[9]


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  2. ^ "Sheraton Kansas City Hotel at Crown Center". SkyscraperPage.
  3. ^ Sheraton Kansas City Hotel at Crown Center at Structurae
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  5. ^ "Hyatt Regency Crown Center" (.PDF). Global Hyatt. 19 May 2011. Retrieved 14 September 2011. Cite journal requires |journal= (help)
  6. ^ Hawley, Brenna (12 October 2011). "Three Crown Center restaurant closings signal changing tastes".
  7. ^ "Announcements". Starwood Hotels. Retrieved 21 December 2012.
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  9. ^ "Hyatt Regency Walkway Collapse". School of Engineering, University of Alabama. Retrieved 14 September 2011.

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