Historic Preservation Information
The National Register of Historic Places is the official federal list of properties that are significant in American history, architecture, archaeology, and engineering. Places may be listed individually, as part of an Historic District, or as part of a multiple property or statewide thematic category.
Benefits of Listing
In addition to honorific recognition, listing in the registers results in the following benefits for historic properties:
• Gives it recognition for its historic significance.
• Qualifies the owner for federal and/or state rehabilitation tax credits.
• Helps educate the public and community about historic and culture resources.
The property must meet one or more of the four criteria for evaluation. Properties eligible for the register generally retain their historic appearance, are at least fifty years old, and have the potential to be documented as historically or architecturally significant at either the local, state, or national level. Many types of properties are listed in the register, including barns, banks, courthouses, libraries, houses, parks, ranches, battlefields, hospitals, roads, bridges, rail depots, and archeological sites. The National Register is administered by the National Park Service.
The Register of Historic Kansas Places is our state’s official list of historically significant properties. Properties included in the National Register are automatically listed in the State Register. However, not all properties listed in the State Register are included in the National Register. The same general criteria are used to assess the eligibility of a property for inclusion in the state register, but more flexibility is allowed in the interpretation of the criteria for eligibility.
Preserving Your Property
The National Park Service website provides more than 40 “Preservation Briefs” that provide specific information regarding almost any maintenance task you could think of for your historic building.
See the briefs on the National Park Service Website.
Repointing Mortar Joints in Historic Masonry Buildings
Local Tuckpointers: H & H Waterproofing
For decades, consumers have been led to believe that replacing their old wood windows with new vinyl, metal or clad windows will improve their home. Replacement windows have been marketed as energy efficient, and therefore environmentally friendly, and economical, by saving the homeowner money over the lifespan of the window. In reality, properly repaired wood windows can be equally energy efficient, are more environmentally friendly, are a better financial investment, and preserve one of the most important character-defining features of a historic home. Follow window experts, and LPA board members, Dennis Brown and Mike Goans as they show you how to preserve your windows.
These videos were created in collaboration with the Kansas State Historic Preservation Office.
Also check out our 8 Good Reasons To Save Your Old Windows flyer.
Links and Resources
- Register of Historic Places Database: A list of historic places in Kansas.
- Black Jack Battlefield - The Black Jack Battlefield and Nature Park.
- Castle Tea Room - Completed in 1894, the Castle has been restored to a fine example of a historic home from that era.
- Depot Redux - A volunteer organization dedicated to saving the Amtrak station in Lawrence, Kansas.
- Downtown Lawrence Inc. - An organization created to promote the interests of the downtown business district..
- Freedom’s Frontier National Heritage - The shared heritage of Eastern Kansas and Western Missouri.
- Kansas 150 - The Kansas sesquicentennial.
- Kansas of Olde - Visit if you own a property that is on the State or National Register.
- Kansas Memory - Where the Kansas State Historical Society shares its historical collections.
- Kansas Preservation Alliance - The Kansas Preservation Alliance is dedicated to preserving historic places in Kansas.
- Kansas State Historical Society -Tax credits for rehabilitation projects.
- KU History - The online service of the KU History Collection.
- Lawrence Historic Resources Commission - Protecting and encouraging the preservation of Lawrence’s historic and architectural resources.
- Lawrence Modern - Dedicated to raising awareness about mid-century architecture in Lawrence.
- National Park Service - Taking care of the national parks and helping Americans take care of their communities.
- Vernacular Architecture Forum
- Historic Resources Commission