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The historic neighborhood of Washington Wheatley, situated southeast of downtown Kansas City, has been an important African American neighborhood in the city’s history. Several important landmarks, such as Holy Name Church and Queen of the World, the first integrated hospital in the Kansas City area, are located here.
Other important buildings include the Nicholson Building, which played a vital role in the nation’s Labor Movement, and the Casa Loma Ballroom, a historic music setting previously owned and operated by Chauncey Downs, a local band leader and African American entrepreneur.
Today this community, led by the University of Missouri-Kansas City’s Department of Architecture, Urban Planning, and Design and the local Washington Wheatley Neighborhood Improvement Association, is working toward a restoration of the neighborhood, including local parks such as Montgall.
Long term plans include developing the neighborhood’s role as a leader in the historic heritage tourism movement. Focus will be given to its role through many important historical eras, most notably the Civil Rights Movement, the Jazz Age, and the founding of the city.
Since 2008, demolition of historically valuable property has been stopped, new developments are being created to complement the historic buildings that remain, and renovation is well under way, with strong economic development support.
The Washington Wheatley neighborhood and its residents are also just blocks from the city’s historic Eighteenth and Vine Jazz District, which houses the American Jazz Museum, the Black Chamber of Commerce, the Kansas City Blues and Jazz Juke House, and the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum.
Many of its residents claim the Washington Wheatley community is one of the “best kept secrets in Kansas City.“ The neighborhood is bounded from north to south by Eighteenth and Twenty-seventh Streets and from east to west by Prospect Avenue to Interstate 70.