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The Sophian Plaza Celebrates Centennial

The inimitable Sophian Plaza building celebrated a centennial anniversary! The opening of the building provided such fanfare that the Kansas City Star devoted the top half of the front page of the Real Estate section on February 25, 1923 to the extravaganza. Fast forward to 2023 and a year filled with special celebrations, including a Birthday Party, an Historian Talk, and a Centennial Finale. The black and white marble lobby served as the venue for the Finale, complete with residents in 1920’s attire, jazz and swing music, and awards for best-dressed participants. A black and white dessert table, a black and white signature cocktail, and similar decorations provided the ambiance for the festive evening.

Shirley Baker and Meg Reuter



Marti Miller joined Donna and Bob Clark in a toast.


Kathleen May, Tom Nagel, and Andrew Johnson


Kirby Upjohn and Charlotte Shelton


Jump Jive Swing musicians Mark Hamblin and Aaron Bush


Jack and Karen Holland


Best dressed: (Front row) Centennial Finale Co-chairmen Kathleen May and Kathy Morgason with Laura McGranahan (back row) Bobby Spillers and Ed White


Laura Childs and Sam Bush


Laura Childs demonstrated the Charleston, a dance born in 1923.

Featured in the January 13, 2024 issue of The Indpendent.
Photo credit: Kenny Johnson Photography