WHAT WE DO
Preservation is at its best when it is a collaborative venture. Our successes are made possible by and shared with a wide range of partners—from the members and followers of HKC, our sponsors and donors, our neighborhood partners, to visionary public officials and policy makers, the committed volunteers and staff members, the Kansas City community, and the National Trust for Historic Preservation. That’s why we are passionate about building a vigorous and growing community of champions for Kansas City’s historic places, and equipping them with the ideas, resources, networks, and inspiration they need to advocate successfully for our past.
*Providing an independent voice for preservation and the quality of Kansas City’s built environment
*Bring people and organizations together to influence the future of Kansas City’s historic buildings, landscapes, and communities.
*Providing up-to-date information about proposed changes to historic resources throughout the city with dynamic advocacy project pages on our website; share local, regional, and national preservation-related news and upcoming events through our quarterly e-newsletter the gazette; send gazette alerts when action from membership and interested parties is urgently needed.
*Setting the preservation agenda by working with local, state, and federal advocacy and regulatory partners as well as legislators to enhance regulations and policy issues impacting Kansas City and beyond.
*Reviewing and influencing development projects that impact historic neighborhoods, often providing public comment or meeting with regulators, proponents, and concerned citizens. HKC supports new construction, restoration and adaptive re-use projects that will contribute to Kansas City’s unique brand of culture and built heritage and annually since 1974 recognizes quality preservation and appropriate new construction in its awards program.
*Hosting and collaborating on targeted activities such as lectures and city walking tours.
*Recognizing landmarks and historic districts by advancing the implementation of existing legal protections by identifying important historic resources and helping citizen groups initiate their designation as landmarks or historic districts.
*Litigating, when necessary, to prevent actions that threaten loss or irreversible damage to key historic resources or the disregard of rules and regulations established to protect them.