Services Rendered:

Square Footage:

19,800 Square Feet


Kansas City, MO


The Buck O’Neil Education and Research Center, in memory of its founder and former Board Chairman, will allow visitors, students, researchers and baseball fans to study every aspect of the Negro Leagues and social history. The space, formerly the Paseo YMCA, sat abandoned for years and was vandalized in 2018 resulting in $500,000 worth of damage. However, this did not stop the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum or the Kansas City community from moving forward and establishing plans to reopen the center.

Phase I

10,600 s.f. interior renovation of an exhibit hall, library, banquet hall, and restrooms. This phase also includes renovation the historic room where the Negro National Baseball Leagues were signed into existence.

Phase II

9,200 s.f. interior renovations including offices, catering, club room, coat check and restrooms. Exterior renovations included a new wheel chair lift and metal stairs.

Phase III

Renovation of an abandoned stairwell access for floors 1-4. This phase also included exterior structural repairs, including water mitigation, masonry, and EIFS restorations.

Check out what our client had to say about working with Russell on this historic preservation and restoration project! 

interior stairwell