True Society at the Monogram Building

The Monogram Building was a 20,000 sq. ft. building originally constructed in 1925 as a film distribution center for Monogram Pictures, which has recently undergone a $4 million restoration by Dan Sight & Spencer Sight of Sight Commercial Realty. Our team provided design services for the two-level bridal store True Society by Belle Vogue Bridal, which features exposed brick, steel beams, wooden ceiling trusses, and ducting. An opulent back-lit reception area greets customers, and the central area of the ground floor features dressing rooms in a pie-shaped circular layout, with racks of wedding dresses around the perimeter of the space. One unique task in our design process included converting and combining the former film viewing rooms called ‘Sweat Boxes’ into one space for a break room. The second floor features more dressing rooms, a large seating area, plus renovated space for office, conference, restroom and break room uses. This building’s uniquely rich history was born through becoming one of 20 buildings used as a centralized film distribution hub for some of Hollywood’s major studios. Monogram Pictures was one of many studios that made up a four-square block of buildings called “Film Row.” Studios such as MCM, 20th Century Fox, Warner Brothers, Paramount, and United Artists were just a few that occupied Film Row. In late 2021, one of our architectural design projects, The Monogram Building, was honored by the Historic Kansas City Foundation with a Historic Preservation Award in the adaptive re-use category. Located in the Crossroads at 18th & Wyandotte Streets, the project was one of four projects honored. Award link:
Project Data
Project Name True Society at the Monogram Building
Year 2020
Size 10,000 Sq. Feet
Team Tyler Hiatt
Historic Kansas City Honors Award 2020

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