Plaza Recreation

Plaza Recreation

Mounting Type: Wall Mount
Size: 19 in H, 35 in W
Weight: 200 lbs
Electrical: 20 amps @ 120 v
Donated By: Demmaree Carns
Restored through the generous support of: Restored through the generosity of Curtis Shaddox.
Artist(s): Doug Fox

Plaza Stain Glass studio by day—Plaza Recreation by night. Occupying a 3-story carriage house behind Kansas City’s landmark Wishbone Restaurant, Marvin Huey opened Plaza Stain Glass at 4441 Main Street in 1969.

Dennis DeLozier joined Marvin a year later, as did Gary Wagner and a few student-friends from the Kansas City Art Institute.

During the day they hung out together and worked on stained glass projects—designing, creating and repairing. But around 5 p.m., Plaza Stain Glass became Plaza Recreation. The plywood-covered pool table that served as a workbench during the day became, well, a pool table at night. Plaza Recreation became the phantom scene for drinking and fun by employees and friends alike.

Dennis created and then lit the neon sign to kick off each after-work party. But as they say, all good things come to an end—Marvin sold the studio to Dennis and Gary in 1976. Eventually, they moved and dissolved the business.