Historic Preservation Board


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. 

The City of Wichita is a Certified Local Government that is in agreement with the Kansas State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) to conduct state preservation law review on behalf of the SHPO. For more information on state preservation law review, please visit the Kansas State Historical Society's website.

The City of Wichita has an agreement with the Kansas State Historical Society (SHPO) to review projects under the Kansas state preservation law on behalf of the SHPO. The current state preservation law is outlined in K.S.A. 75-2724 and accompanying regulations. The Wichita Major/Minor List delineates which projects can be approved administratively under the state preservation law and which projects are sent to the Wichita Historic Preservation Board for project review.

Wichita Major Minor List 2022  Wichita State Law Agreement 2022-2027

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 map link

Members

View the board member roster or apply to become a member.

Ex-Officio Members

  • Christina Rieth, Secretary, Associate Planner, MAPD
  • Kristen Johnston (Tax Credit Coordinator), Kansas State Historical Society, Cultural Resources Division
  • Eric Cale, Wichita-Sedgwick County Historical Museum
  • Michelle Enke, Wichita Public Library
  • Katrina Ringler, Preservation Office Manager, Kansas State Historical Society, Cultural Resources Division
  • Patrick Zollner, Deputy SHPO, Kansas State Historical Society, Cultural Resources Division
  • City Archaeologist, WSU Department of Anthropology

Overview

The Historic Preservation Board (HPB) has the mission of recognizing and protecting Wichita's historic heritage. In 1975, Wichita's City Council created the HPB to safeguard the architectural and cultural heritage of Wichita's five historic districts and nearly 80 historic structures.

The HPB is composed of seven volunteer members appointed by the Wichita City Council. The HPB is responsible for recommending properties to the Wichita City Council for designation as historic landmarks and districts, reviewing proposed alterations to locally designated historical properties, and reviewing proposed changes to the "environs" of state and nationally registered properties.

How We Operate

The Historic Preservation Board has adopted bylaws that are written policies that guide the board's processes and actions.

Wichita Historic Preservation Board - Old Town Signage Subcommittee

On November 14, 2022, the Wichita Historic Preservation Board created an ad-hoc subcommittee for the purpose of reviewing the Architectural Design Guidelines for the Old Town District and Wichita-Sedgwick County Unified Zoning Code; and providing a recommendation for how to better align the language related to sign illumination and sign size.

Old Town Signage Subcommittee

Meeting

  • 2 pm
  • 2nd Monday of each month
  • Planning Department Conference Room
    2nd floor
    The Ronald Reagan Building
    271 W 3rd Street
    Wichita, Kansas

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Submit Public Comments Ahead of Time

You can submit comments regarding items on the Planning Commission agenda to the Planning Department. Comments must be received by the Planning Department no later than 5 pm, three days prior to the meeting. Comments submitted after the deadline will not be considered. The comment should indicate which item they pertain to and be less than three minutes in duration.

The comments can be submitted in the following formats: email, letter, printed or digital photos (jpeg, etc.), video, and audio message (mp3, etc.). The comments should be submitted to Planning Department staff using the contact information below. Please be sure to provide ample time for delivery. The comments received ahead of the submission deadline will be shared with the MAPC, prior to or during the meeting.

Apply to serve on the Historic Preservation Board

Meeting Videos

Note: The following videos do not have captions provided. If you would like to view our videos with captions, please visit our Historic Preservation Board YouTube playlist.

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