Admiral Motel

Admiral Motel

Mounting Type: Wall Mount
Size: 22 ft L

Located at 1409 Admiral Boulevard (at Paseo Boulevard) and just one mile from downtown Kansas City, Missouri, the Admiral Motel conveniently served highways 24, 40, 56, 69, 71, 73 and 169.  

Designed by architect Manuel Morris and operated by a group of local investors called the Admiral Motel Company, the Admiral opened in three phases over as many years—the first 15 units in 1957; the second 16 units, including the pool and iconic neon sign, in 1958; the final 16 units were completed in 1959.  

Rooms and family suites boasted luxurious amenities such as wall-to-wall carpeting, ceramic tile tubs and showers, Sealy Posturepedic mattresses, central heating and air conditioning, individual telephones, free radio and television, continental breakfast, a fine restaurant and cocktail lounge, and ample parking.  

In 2000, the Bhakta family took ownership of the Admiral—Dhansukh (father), Gulabben (mother) and Atit (son). In 2007, Dhansukh and Atit partnered to convert it to a Rodeway Inn. The sign was removed and stored by the Bhaktas until purchased by LUMI in the spring of 2023.