Historic Kansas City is turning 50!

It’s official! We’re celebrating 50 years of leading preservation in Kansas City.

Although our core mission remains the same as when we started in 1974 – preserving Kansas City’s unique and irreplaceable heritage – our work has adapted, our strategies have diversified, and our approach has modernized, allowing us to continue to solidify a future for those who seek to ensure the protection of our past.

We are Kansas City’s only historic preservation organization. As a 50-year-old organization you might think we’ve slowed down, but our impact in Kansas City only continues to grow. We are guided by the principle that historic preservation is about more than saving old buildings; it is about making the old new and relevant again; recycling, up-cycling and sustainability; breathing life back into our historic business districts and neighborhoods, providing services, and activating appreciation and pride in the places we call home.

For 50 years, Historic Kansas City has worked with individuals, organizations, and businesses who are striving to revitalize their neighborhoods, historic buildings, and landscapes. Our daily work and mission spans across Kansas City, in the places that people work, play, and call home.

Our Founding

Historic Kansas City (HKC) was incorporated in 1974 by a group of citizens concerned with the ongoing demolition of historic resources in our community. Since its founding, the organization been the only greater Kansas City nonprofit organization dedicated to the preservation of the area’s heritage, neighborhoods and historic built environment. Through advocacy, public policy, outreach and educational programming, HKC is an advocate for, and participant in, the thoughtful and meaningful preservation and rehabilitation of historic buildings, landscapes, and neighborhoods. 50 years later, we continue to protect Kansas City’s unique heritage.

Celebrate With Us!

Throughout 2024 we have a series of events planned for you.

It’s our 50th Anniversary Annual Members Meeting!

Though our organization looks very different than it did 50 years ago, this annual event continues to bring together historic preservationists who cherish our city’s architecture, historic centers and neighborhoods, and wonderful history.

Join Historic Kansas City to celebrate fifty decades of remarkable programming with this evening event at the El Torreon and learn about Kansas City’s rich architectural heritage showcased in the newly published JANSSEN PLACE. Meet the author and pick up a signed copy!

Come celebrate the big 5-0 with us!

DATE: Thursday, May 9th, 2024

LOCATION: The El Torreon, 3101 Gillham Plaza, Kansas City, MO

Learn how to attend this exclusive members, donors, and sponsors event HERE.

The Gilded Age Garden Party is a fundraising event for Historic Kansas City held to celebrate our 50th Anniversary and to generate critical funds to support the sustainability of the organization.

The Garden Party will take place on Saturday, September 28th at 3223 Gladstone Blvd., across the street from the Robert A. Long’s Corinthian Hall. The event will include a range of cocktails, good food, music, and more.

Mr. and Mrs. Stevens were both from “old” money back east. They built their dream home on Gladstone Boulevard along what was known as “Judges Row” in 1902. In 1908 Robert Long started acquiring the entire block across the street from the Stevens home to build his magnificent Corinthian Hall. Long came from somewhat humble beginnings in Shelbyville KS, built an empire in the Lumber business. Mr. Long also wanted to acquire the entire block across the street south for his formal gardens, but the Stevens home occupied the corner. He approached the widow Mrs. Stevens. The widow Stevens said NO. And the feud began.

DATE: Saturday, September 28th, 2024

LOCATION: 3223 Gladstone Blvd., Kansas City, MO

DETAILS:

  • 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm VIP Party
  • 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm Garden Party

All proceeds, including ticket sales and sponsorships, support our advocacy efforts and educational programming year-round.

Watch for details.

The keystone event of the year and fundraiser will be the 2024 Historic Preservation Awards and 50th Anniversary Celebration at The Mark on Tuesday, November 12th.

Located on the fifth floor of the 100-year-old and newly revitalized building, The Mark, the resurrected ballroom boasts soaring ceiling heights, towering lead glass windows, and intricate Gothic Revival architecture.

It will be an incredible celebration of the power of preservation in Kansas City in the past 50 years that you won’t want to miss!

DATE: Tuesday, November 12th, 2024

LOCATION: The Century Club at The Mark, 106 W 11th Street, Kansas City, MO

DETAILS:

  • Cocktail Reception – 5:30 pm
  • Program – 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

All proceeds, including ticket sales and sponsorships, support our advocacy efforts and educational programming year-round.

Watch for details.

Support Historic Kansas City

There is a lot to love about Kansas City: our historic buildings and boulevards, parks, and open spaces. We love people using older buildings, reusing, and restoring the past for the future.

Kansas City is a city unlike any other. It has incredible architecture in every neighborhood, an intact collection of historic neighborhoods, landmark buildings, historic parks and boulevards, and pleasant open spaces. But what makes Kansas City special can be lost forever if we aren’t vigilant in our efforts to protect what we love. You have the power to prevent this from happening, and your support of Historic Kansas City will ensure that the soul of our city remains remarkable and vital for generations to come.

We could not do what we do without the support of our members, donors, and sponsors. Your membership supports our policy initiatives, technical assistance, programs, referrals, and more. Support us in preserving our culturally important historic buildings and landscapes. Support us in breathing new life back into our commercial districts and neighborhoods. Support us in appreciating the pride in the places we call home.

Historic Kansas City is a private non-profit organization that is funded entirely by fundraising events, grants, and the generosity of our members, donors, and corporate sponsors. Through your contribution you advocate, you educate and you empower preservation efforts in our community. You can make an ongoing impact in Historic Kansas City’s efforts to ensure the future of our historic places. As a private 501(c)3 organization all donations are tax deductible to the fullest extent allowed by law.

Please support Historic Kansas City.