The Bauer’s intent is to create a dynamic urban interaction between the surrounding community, artists and visitors to the Crossroads Arts District. Our space includes artists of many disciplines, galleries and small businesses. The design aspires to take maximum advantage of the building’s assets of space, light and location. The Bauer was built in 1903 as the Bauer Machineworks Building. Over one hundred years later, with a rich history of serving creative pursuits, the Bauer building is once again a resource for Kansas City artists and small businesses. Through the last ten years, this historically light industrial area has given way to the inter-disciplinary and compelling Crossroads Arts District. The brand new Kauffman Center for Performing Arts glimmers just one block north, and galleries and restaurants are peppered throughout the neighborhood. Thus, The Bauer finds itself embedded prominently within this community. Our location on the path of the First Friday’s Art Crawl is an attractive advantage to artists and business owners hoping for heavy and curious foot traffic.