Historic Kansas City.

FAQ

Do you accept donations of old photographs or historical artifacts?

No, we do not maintain an archive. We recommend contacting the Missouri Valley Special Collection, the Jackson County Historical Society, and the Western Historical Manuscript Collection.

I need help researching my house or other historic building. What information do you have?

Historic Kansas City has some property survey forms, but we do not maintain an archive and most of our historical documents have been donated to the Missouri Valley Special Collection, the Jackson County Historical Society, or the Western Historical Manuscript Collection. You can also research the files of the Historic Preservation Commission at City Hall.

Is my house on the local register? Do I need permission for updates and repairs?

Historic Kansas City is not the reviewing body for these alterations. Please contact the administrator of the Historic Preservation Commission, a division of City Planning and Development. http://www.kcmo.org/CKCMO/Depts/CityPlanningandDevelopment/OtherServices/HistoricPreservation/index.htm

What groups provide tours of historic homes?

Historic Kansas City offers a number of tours of both neighborhoods and buildings. Please check our calendar for details. Also, the Kansas City Bungalow Club tours a historic home or commercial building each month. To learn their schedule, go to the “Join” link on their website at www.kcbungalow.org. Many neighborhood associations give annual homes tours in the fall or during the holidays.  Also, check our list of historic sites for historic buildings that are open year round.

What funding is available for preservation projects?

Preservation grants are available from the National Trust for Historic Preservation. To check requirements and deadlines, visit: http://www.preservationnation.org/resources/find-funding/

Missouri offers historic rehabilitation tax credits for both income producing and residential property. For more information about this program, please visit the MO Department of Natural Resources webpage at: https://www.dnr.mo.gov/shpo/taxcrdts.htm

Kansas also offers historic rehabilitation tax credits for both income producing and residential property. For more information about this program, please visit the KS Historical Society webpage at: http://www.kshs.org/p/tax-credit-basics/14673

Both MO and KS also administer statewide grant programs. For information about grants available for MO projects, visit the MO Department of Natural Resources webpage at: http://www.dnr.mo.gov/shpo/grants.htm. For information about grants available for KS projects, visit: http://www.kshs.org/p/preservation-grants-incentives/14613