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Historic Preservation

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.

The Historic Preservation Office provides staff support to the Historic Preservation Board, whose job it is to provide design review for these properties, and assist property owners with listing new properties. The office also provides information regarding financial incentives for historic property owners and general technical assistance regarding appropriate maintenance procedures for historic buildings.

Frequently Asked Questions

How does a property get listed in the Register of Historic Kansas Places and the National Register of Historic Places?

Whether prepared by private citizens or by consultants, most nominations go through at least two drafts before consideration by the Historic Sites Board of Review (HSBR) at one of its quarterly meetings. Kansas State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) staff will provide written comments and a marked copy of the nomination to the preparer.

Before a nomination is scheduled for a Review Board meeting, the following three requirements must be met:

  1. Property has been evaluated for eligibility by the State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO)  See List a Property at https://www.kshs.org/p/nomination-process/14654

  2. An initial draft has been reviewed by SHPO

  3. The final submittal incorporates suggested revisions, if applicable.

    Nominations of Kansas properties to the National Register of Historic Places and/or the Register of Historic Kansas Places may be submitted for review by the National Register staff at the SHPO at any time throughout the year. Every nomination must go before the Historic Sites Board of Review.

Can a property listed in the Register of Historic Kansas Places or the National Register of Historic Places be demolished?

Yes. There is a local process that must be followed in order to obtain a demolition permit from the Metropolitan Area Building and Construction Department. Contact the Wichita Historic Preservation Office for more information in Metropolitan Area Planning Department at 316-268-4421.

​Documents

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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
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

​Forms

  
  
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