Photos: See inside Kansas City’s new Crossroads Hotel, where art and history intersect

If you’re looking for a new way to experience Kansas City’s most creative neighborhood, check out Crossroads Hotel, which opens this month at 2101 Central St.

The 131-room hotel is located in a four-story building that was once home to a Pabst Brewing Company bottling plant and the office of Prohibition-era political boss Tom Pendergast. That rich history is evident in the rooms’ reclaimed wood floors and exposed brick — but the overall feel is cool, industrial and modern.

Crossroads Hotel’s developer, Chicago-based Aparium Hotel Group, enlisted Kansas City’s El Dorado architecture firm and several local artists for the project.

The hotel’s hand-painted ceramic lighting fixtures are the work of Melanie Sherman. Rooms feature bold black floral wallpaper designed by tattoo artist Mikey Wheeler. And furniture maker Matt Castilleja produced several custom pieces, including credenzas and dining tables, for the building’s communal spaces.

Crossroads Hotel is also home to a 2,000-square-foot public art gallery and three restaurants. Lazia is a modern Italian steakhouse, XR is an all-day cafe that specializes in wood-fired artisan pizza, and Percheron is a rooftop bar that serves up craft beer, frozen cocktails and sweeping views of the Crossroads Arts District.

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