Paseo YMCA

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Paseo YMCA
Paseo YMCA and Murials, Kansas City, Missouri..jpg
Paseo YMCA is located in Missouri
Paseo YMCA
Paseo YMCA is located in the United States
Paseo YMCA
LocationKansas City, Missouri
Coordinates39°5′25″N 94°33′53″W / 39.09028°N 94.56472°W / 39.09028; -94.56472Coordinates: 39°5′25″N 94°33′53″W / 39.09028°N 94.56472°W / 39.09028; -94.56472
ArchitectCharles Ashley Smith
Architectural styleColonial Revival
MPS18th and Vine Area of Kansas City MPS
NRHP reference No.91001151[1]
Added to NRHPSeptember 9, 1991

The Paseo YMCA is a U.S. historic YMCA in Kansas City, Missouri.


One of the building's murals.

The Paseo YMCA opened in 1914, when Julius Rosenwald encouraged Kansas Citians to raise $80,000 toward building a new YMCA.[2] In 1920 eight independent black baseball team owners met to form what would become the Negro National League.[3] Later, in the 1970s, it closed.

Museum renovations[edit]

In 2006, an effort was headed by the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum to renovate the museum, called "Thanks a Million Buck". The goal to raise a million dollars was quickly reached when John "Buck" O'Neil died in October 2006.[3]

The YMCA is scheduled to reopen as an extension of the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum in 2007 and the Buck O'Neil Education Research Center.

The architect of the Paseo YMCA was local architect Charles A. Smith.


  1. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. January 23, 2007.
  2. ^ OLD PASEO YMCA | Turning it into a tribute will take money, work
  3. ^ a b Negro Leagues Baseball Museum Announces “Thanks a Million Buck” Grassroots Campaign to Raise Funds For the Buck O’Neil Education & Research Center Archived 2006-11-15 at the Wayback Machine pdf