OFFICIAL - The Continental Apartments (former Mark Twain Tower)

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Amazing. Thank you

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Yes, thanks for the pictures.

Boy do these bring back some memories. I use to go here all the time when it had a Gold's Gym...loved playing racquetball there.

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Wow, what a massive building. Thank you for posting the great pictures.

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Stumbled across these floor plans from its early years, from this site: https://www.hudsonholdings.com/mark-twain

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And an architectural drawing of the ballroom

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And some old photos, though they're very low res

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teclis wrote:
Tue Jan 14, 2020 6:05 pm
Boy do these bring back some memories. I use to go here all the time when it had a Gold's Gym...loved playing racquetball there.
What years was the Gold's Gym there? What facilities did it have?

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It's encouraging to finally see this building getting redeveloped.

I can't remember. Are the ballrooms going to be an rental event space?

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TheLastGentleman wrote:
Tue Jan 14, 2020 10:25 pm
teclis wrote:
Tue Jan 14, 2020 6:05 pm
Boy do these bring back some memories. I use to go here all the time when it had a Gold's Gym...loved playing racquetball there.
What years was the Gold's Gym there? What facilities did it have?
I first started going there in 1997 and I believe it closed maybe around 1998. I'm not sure what all was there. I know the gym had a number of racquetball courts, a fitness area including free weights and cardio machines, and a track. I want to say that there was also a court to play basketball on and I believed the pool was still being used too.

I mainly used it for racquetball and was pretty disappointed because I had to drive from the River Market to Independence to play after it closed. I also remember how much of a pain it was to cancel my membership. As I recall, I was only able to cancel it because I moved to Denver in '99 and there was no Golds Gym in town.

I'm so glad to see the building finally getting a makeover as it really does have a great history.

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Thanks for sharing these photos! Any chance we will see that signage structure reused? I've always wished something was on it!

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FangKC wrote:
Tue Jan 14, 2020 10:34 pm
It's encouraging to finally see this building getting redeveloped.

I can't remember. Are the ballrooms going to be an rental event space?
Yes, at least the one I got to see will be an event space

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smh wrote:
Wed Jan 15, 2020 10:22 am
Thanks for sharing these photos! Any chance we will see that signage structure reused? I've always wished something was on it!
From what I understand, the signage structure will remain but there are no plans to actually add signage. Not a fan of that choice, but it probably has to do with the expense of removing it

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You beat me to it. I just walked by this building yesterday and had plans to call and ask for a tour! Great photos, as always.

Are there any renderings yet?

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smh wrote:
Wed Jan 15, 2020 10:22 am
Thanks for sharing these photos! Any chance we will see that signage structure reused? I've always wished something was on it!
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Postcard when it was the Hotel Kansas Citian.

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It catches my eye sometimes and I'm amazed how big that building really is

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