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Historic Preservation

The Wichita-Sedgwick County Metropolitan Area Planning Department provides historic preservation planning services through its Current Plans Division. Planning staff are responsible for the following activities:

  • Serving as the staff liaison for the City of Wichita Historic Preservation Board;
  • Maintaining historic preservation planning files on all local, state, and national register listed properties;
  • Maintaining an Undesignated Historic Resource List;
  • Reviewing Certificate of Appropriateness applications;
  • Administration and marketing of the following City of Wichita programs:
    • Historic Revolving Loan Program and
    • Historic Deferred Loan Program;
  • Providing historic preservation education opportunities for the public – hosting workshops, publishing materials, and more.
  • Assisting property owners regarding preservation techniques and incentives – through publications, on-site inspections and more;
  • Managing historic preservation grant projects as appropriate; and
  • Review of any activities that might impact City of Wichita archaeological sites.

Certified Local Government

The City of Wichita is a Certified Local Government. The Certified Local Government program is a partnership between local, state, and federal governments focused on promoting historic preservation. Certification provides the City of Wichita with expert technical advice from the Kansas Historical Society and the National Park Service. Certified communities are also able to access federal funds set aside by the State Historic Preservation Office.

City of Wichita Historic Preservation Ordinance

The City of Wichita's Preservation Ordinance protects the architectural and cultural heritage of the city's historic properties. Recognizing the importance of Wichita's historical and architectural heritage and the need for its protection, the Wichita City Council adopted a Historic Preservation Ordinance in 1975 (Chapter 2.12.1015-1026, as amended). The ordinance created the Historic Preservation Board (HPB) to advise the City Council on City-owned historic resources and to safeguard the architectural and cultural heritage of Wichita through the preservation of its historic resources.

Historic Places

There are over 600 structures in the City of Wichita that are listed in the local, state and/or national registers of historic places either as individually listed properties or are properties within a historic district. You can look up the location of listed places using the City of Wichita GIS system (link below). ​

  
  
2001 Historic Preservation Plan Appendices.pdf2001 Historic Preservation Plan Appendices
2001 Historic Preservation Plan.pdf2001 Historic Preservation Plan
2020-07-13 - My Testimony John Todd HPB Meeting.pdf2020-07-13 - My Testimony John Todd HPB Meeting
2020-07-13 - Public Correspondence HPB Meeting.pdf2020-07-13 - Public Correspondence HPB Meeting
2022 HPB Correspondence.pdf2022 HPB Correspondence
41-921 Historic Pres Board_Signed Ordinance_1992.pdf41-921 Historic Pres Board_Signed Ordinance_1992
42-146 Historic Pres Board_Signed Ordinance_1993.pdf42-146 Historic Pres Board_Signed Ordinance_1993
48-301 Historic Pres Board_Signed Ordinance_2009.pdf48-301 Historic Pres Board_Signed Ordinance_2009
American Bungalow article - Bungalow on the River.pdfAmerican Bungalow article - Bungalow on the River
American Bungalow article - Carthalite, Wichita's Beautiful Concrete.pdfAmerican Bungalow article - Carthalite, Wichita's Beautiful Concrete
American Bungalow article - History in Place.pdfAmerican Bungalow article - History in Place
American Bungalow article - The Enduring Charm of Wichita's Douglas Duplexes.pdfAmerican Bungalow article - The Enduring Charm of Wichita's Douglas Duplexes
Architectural Design Guidelines for the Old Town District.pdfArchitectural Design Guidelines for the Old Town District
Delano Neighborhood Design Guidelines.pdfDelano Neighborhood Design Guidelines
Design Guidelines for the East Douglas Historic District.pdfDesign Guidelines for the East Douglas Historic District
Design in the College Hill Neighborhood.pdfDesign in the College Hill Neighborhood
Design Review Guidelines for Topeka-Emporia, North Topeka-10th Street, Park Place-Fairview and Bitting Historic Districts.pdfDesign Review Guidelines for Topeka-Emporia, North Topeka-10th Street, Park Place-Fairview and Bitting Historic Districts
Discover Historic Wichita! booklet.pdfDiscover Historic Wichita! booklet
Facade Improvement Program and Procedures.pdfFacade Improvement Program and Procedures
NRHP Nomination - Century II Civic Center.pdfNRHP Nomination - Century II Civic Center
NRHP Nomination - McCormick-Armstrong.pdfNRHP Nomination - McCormick-Armstrong
NRHP Nomination - Wichita Public Library Main Branch.pdfNRHP Nomination - Wichita Public Library Main Branch
Overview - Listing Historic Places.pdfOverview - Listing Historic Places
Wichita Existing Buildings- Rehabilitation and Change of Use Code.pdfWichita Existing Buildings- Rehabilitation and Change of Use Code
Wichita Historic Preservation Guide.pdfWichita Historic Preservation Guide
Wichita Sedgwick County Historic Landmarks.pdfWichita Sedgwick County Historic Landmarks

​Forms

  
  
Historic Preservation Review Application (2).pdfHistoric Preservation Review Application (2)
Historic Preservation Review Application.docHistoric Preservation Review Application
Historic Preservation Review Application.pdfHistoric Preservation Review Application
Preliminary Site Information Questionnaire.pdfPreliminary Site Information Questionnaire
Revolving Loan Program for Historic Properties.pdfRevolving Loan Program for Historic Properties