St. John The Divine
Location: 2511 Metropolitan Avenue Kansas City, KS
Stakeholders: St. John the Divine Community Art and Education Center, National Trust for Historic Preservation, Kansas Historical Society, Historic Kansas City, Unified Government
Historic Kansas City is engaged with community partners and Wyandotte County officials to try to save St. John the Divine in Kansas City Kansas.
Originally built in 1887 but remodeled in 1909, this brick church is an excellent example of the Gothic Revival style. The building was sold to the Catholic diocese in 1937 and became a cultural anchor in the historically Mexican-American neighborhood of Argentine. Unfortunately, with diminishing attendance the building has been vacant since 1992 and has since suffered neglect. St. John the Divine is one of less than 100 sites on the National Register associated with Hispanic heritage, and the only one in the State of Kansas designated because of its historical association with the Mexican-American community. Though threatened with demolition by the Unified Government of Wyandotte County, the current owner, the St. John the Divine Community Art and Education Center, is working to develop a plan for stabilization and rehabilitation of the building. The group engaged the Section 106 review process and is pursuing options to get the demo order lifted. The Kansas Historical Society has offered the Unified Government a $30,000 Heritage Trust Fund grant to fund part of the stabilization and rehabilitation.