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Symphony Designers' Showhouse:

A Kansas City Tradition

The Kansas City Symphony Designers’ Showhouse is a Kansas City tradition and the longest continuously running Showhouse in the country. Sponsored by the Kansas City Symphony Alliance, the project is a benefit for the Kansas City Symphony.

Each year, a Kanas City landmark residence is chosen as the Symphony Designers’ Showhouse. The homeowners move out and a preview of the “undecorated” home is held, usually in mid-January.

Local designers are selected to transform each room of the home into a design showplace. The “finished” Showhouse is typically open to the public from mid-April to mid-May. Tickets usually go on sale in February or March. Tickets are available online, through outlets and through KCSA members.

The Symphony Designers’ Showhouse is usually available for private parties during the time the Showhouse is open to the public. The project has been recognized many times by the League of American Orchestras with Gold Book Awards for quality and innovation.

2018 – 445 W 56th Street

HOUSE HISTORY 445 W. 56th Street, Kansas City, MO The colonial house at the corner of 56th and Pennsylvania was ...
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2017 – 816 Gleed Terr

The Story of the 48th Symphony Designers’ Showhouse The building of the large limestone house at 816 Gleed Terrace, Kansas ...
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2016 – 444 Westover Rd

The building permits for the English Tudor house at 444 Westover Road were taken out by H. E. Hucke in ...
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2015 – 96 Janssen Place

At the turn of the 20th century when 36th Street was the city limits, Kansas City began to expand southward ...
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2014 – 1040 W 54th St

The impressive Jacobethan house at 1246 W. 59th Street was built in 1921 in the Country Club District of Kansas ...
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2013 – Bent Ward Home

The history of the Bent-Ward House is a microcosm of American history from Native Americans to the “Mormon Wars,” the ...
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