Originally constructed in 1865, the Hemingway Building underwent a significant transformation in 1915 when it was remodeled to serve as Kansas City Police Station No. 4. The first floor was home to the police station and a jail. The second floor held the Municipal Court, as well as offices for the judge and clerk. In 1917, Ernest Hemingway began his career at the Kansas City Star, and it is here that the legend begins. Sitting through court cases on the second floor, Hemingway and his fellow crime beat reporters would retire  to an adjacent office to write the stories they submitted to the Star.

Today, the building is home to an event space and commercial photo and motion graphics studio.


The Havana Room, which is the primary event space, has an open floor plan ideal for weddings, birthdays, holiday parties and other celebrations. With a capacity of up to 260, The Havana Room can accommodate a variety of floor plans, depending on the exact guest count. 

With its unique personality, The Havana Room is a fun venue for a unique, over-the-top event, or it can be utilized in a traditional setup with little to no decorating needed.

Capacity: 160 Seated

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Available for evening/weekend events, the second-floor studio offers a secondary option for smaller events. It also makes a great addition to the Havana Room for transitional cocktail parties, ceremonies and other midsized needs.

Special pricing is available for The Studio depending on if it's needed for a stand-alone event or as an added feature to The Havana Room.

Capacity: 145



The room that has been declared as "THE place I want to live" by many of our guests, The Lounge is an intimate experience with luxury and glamour mixed in.

The Lounge comes automatically with any rental of The Havana Room, but it can be rented at an hourly rate when the main room is not in use.

The Lounge has a private, alley-accessed entrance. An adjoining room allows for additional space that's perfect for a catering or bar setup.

Capacity: 15


By appointment only.


Available upon request.


We have an open-vendor policy. You may choose any caterer for your food and beverage service who has a liquor license for service and proof of liability insurance.


Furniture rentals, special lighting or AV needs to be rented.


The Havana Room is conveniently located two blocks from the Streetcar to connect with parking and hotels anywhere along its route.  We also have ample street parking during the evenings.


Seven days prior to the event, we require proof of General Liability insurance for the rental date from the client and each professional providing services and goods on site (caterers, rental company, entertainment band or DJ, event producer/planner).

Reservation Fee

A 50% deposit is due to hold the date. The remaining balance is due no later than two weeks before the event.


Half of the deposit is refundable up to 90 days before the event, provided The Havana Room is able to re-book the space.