Neighborhood History

The Wendell Phillips neighborhood brims with historic landmarks – the American Jazz Museum, Negro Leagues Baseball Museum, Black Archives, and Mutual Musicians Foundation among them. Once home to many famous Jazz musicians, Wendell Phillips is seeing new life as the site of Urban Neighborhood Initiative’s Purpose Built Community.

Monarch Manor Memorial Plaza

Monarch Manor rests on the historic site if Kansas City’s Memorial Stadium. Between 1923 and 1976, Municipal Stadium hosted home field advantage to the Blues (AA), Monarchs (NNL & NAL), Cowboys (NFL), Athletics (MLB), Chiefs (NFL & AFL), Spurs (NASL), and the Royals (MLB). Many of sports greatest players once stood proudly on its field sporting Kansas City colors. Satchel Paige, Buck O’Neil, Jackie Robinson, John Wyatt, Amos Otis, John Mayberry, Bobby Bell, & Willie Lanier helped Kansas City teams win the Super Bowl, World Series, and many league titles.

The Phillips Collective- UNI Purpose Built Community

Neighborhood residents are now deciding upon design features of new mixed-income housing to be built around the school. With the building of the Kansas City Major League Baseball (MLB) Urban Youth Academy on its northern boundary, the Wendell Phillips neighborhood promises to be a rich mix of history and future.