Historic Hotel Turned Residences Revitalized for Students


Kentwood Hall Renovation

Built in 1926 as the Kentwood Arms Hotel, Butler, Rosenbury & Partners has completed three major renovation projects at what is now known as Kentwood Hall, a Missouri State University residence hall.


In 1988, BR&P completed the first major renovation of the former hotel into student residences, and in 2002 BR&P renovated its dining facility.


Completed earlier this month for the Fall 2014 semester, the most recent renovation included:

  • New finishes in the lower level public restrooms

  • New kitchen area in the student lounge

  • Renovated staff offices

  • Staff apartment renovation

  • Complete refurbishing of the student rooms on the four upper floors; totaling 104 beds

Kentwood Hall Renovation - Bedroom

Staff apartment

Kentwood Hall Renovation - Living Room

Staff apartment


Student rooms received new carpeting, paint, drapes, furniture, and light fixtures. Private restrooms received a complete overhaul including new tile, paint, fixtures, ventilation, electrical and plumbing.


The project was completed for a cost substantially less than the University’s budget, and was vacant only during the summer months.

Kentwood Hall Renovation - Twin Room

Typical student double room

Kentwood Hall Renovation - Bathroom

Typical student room bathroom


Interior design was by K Evans Interiors, and mechanical, electrical and plumbing engineering was by Malone Finkle Eckhardt & Collins, Inc. Carson-Mitchell, Inc. served as the general contractor.