History of the Kansas City Garment District

The manufacture of coats, suits, dresses, hats, and children’s wear started on the upper floors of the wholesale dry goods buildings in the early 1920s.

After World War I, and through the 1940s, the area employed over 4,000 persons and boasted that 1 out of every 7 women in the U.S. purchased a garment designed and made in Kansas City. The garment manufacturing industry was the second largest employer of any industry in Kansas City.

A lovely park, located across Broadway from the museum, was dedicated in 1990 by the Kansas City Parks and Recreation Department. The Park has a fountain and a 22 foot “Needle” sculpture as a tribute to the Garment District. The Historic Garment District Museum of Kansas City was opened and dedicated by  in 2002. The museum, in DST Systems Inc.’s Poindexter Building, contains photographs and artifacts from the district’s glory days.