News From HKC.
2020 – 21 HKC Most Endangered Places List
Every day, all year long, HKC works to revitalize historic structures that give our community visible connections to its past and lends irreplaceable visual character to the streetscape. Once a year, we announce the Most Endangered, a list of historic places on the brink of extinction and too important to lose. These places shape lives, and when they’re gone, they leave a void that can’t be filled.
The list is based on information publicly available at the time of deliberation and allowing a reasonable interval for preparing the list and publishing it.
The list is a call for action by all stakeholders. It follows no prioritization order.
HKC LETTER TO CITY PLAN COMMISSION – KATZ DRUGSTORE REDEVELOPMENT PROPOSAL
HKC TESTIFIES AT CITY PLAN COMMISSION// KATZ DRUGSTORE REDEVELOPMENT PROPOSAL
Press Statement – Demolition of Westminster Congregational Church
The following press statement is issued by Historic Kansas City in regard to the demolition of the Westminster Congregational Church.
Board of Education Building Demolition – Position Statement
Historic Kansas City sadly acknowledges the intended demolition of the stately Board of Education Building located at 311 E. 12th St. by Copaken Brooks.
The Board of Education Building has been vacant since the KCMSD moved offices to its current location. Before it was owned by the school district, the building served as the Kansas City Public Library’s main branch. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, and designed by Edward W. Tanner & Associates, this building is an outstanding example of the Modern Movement: International Style – specifically the influence of Miesian design.
Recent changes to the federal and Missouri historic tax credit programs contributed to thwarting several renovation proposals. The historic structure would be demolished in connection with a proposal at 13th and Grand, which thus far remains a proposal.
Historic Kansas City recognizes the need for Downtown to evolve and adapt to a changing set of office, retail, and economic circumstances. Circumstances may be changing dramatically even at the present moment. We are not adverse to development but want it to proceed in a manner that reflects the historic and scenic nature of the Civic Mall plan that includes the three iconic art deco designed buildings, City Hall, Municipal Court and County Courthouse. One of Downtown’s strongest cultural attributes.
Whatever the future holds for this site, any infill development proposal must be compatible with the Civic Mall plan. Further, the colorful historic glass mosaic tile murals should be preserved in consultation with the Kansas City Municipal Art Commission.
KNICKERBOCKER APARTMENTS – Statement from Historic Kansas City
After years of sitting vacant, the far eastern section of the KNICKERBOCKER APARTMENTS at 501 Knickerbocker Place in Midtown Kansas City, was damaged by fire this morning. The building complex is currently vacant and there have emerged no viable rehabilitation options according to the owner Kansas City Life. Over these many decades, the Valentine Neighborhood Association has made significant efforts to engage and work with the owner.
Listed on Historic Kansas City’s “Most Endangered List” since 2011, the Knickerbocker Apartments represent an important subtype of the Kansas City Colonnaded apartment, a departure from the typical apartment complex of the period. With their prominent porches and a wide expanse of front lawn, they remained the largest apartment group in Kansas City until around 1921. The building is a representative and rare surviving example of the work of L. G. Middaugh. Built in 1906 in the Century Revival style for developer James A. Rose, the Knickerbocker Apartments are located on what remained as one of Kansas City’s few private streets until it was deeded to the city in 1958. The elegance and prestige of the Knickerbocker were highly expressed in its design features and its private street status.
In 1966 Knickerbocker Place was purchased from the Charles F. Curry family by Kansas City Life Insurance for future expansion of their facilities. In 1981 an attempt to protect Knickerbocker Place from demolition was made by the Valentine Neighborhood Association and the Landmarks Commission of Kansas City. The owner stated that the cost of saving the buildings would place undue hardship on Kansas City Life and that the addition of a new Computer Center to the company’s facilities at Broadway and 36th Street outweighed the issue of preserving the Knickerbocker apartments. In 1982, the north building (500-530 Knickerbocker Place) was demolished. One-half of the complex still remains.
Although listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2003, the National Register provides limited protection. If there is no federal funding, license, or permit involved in a demolition or any proposed new construction on the site, the owner has absolutely no obligation to confer with local officials. As owners’ consent is a matter of City Council custom and practice, an attempt failed to designate the property in 1981 to the Kansas City Register of Historic Places. The Knickerbocker Apartments is a unique and rare surviving example of the Kansas City Colonnaded apartment. Successful models for renovation of historic Midtown apartment properties can be found up and down Armour quite nearby Knickerbocker.
2019 Preservation Awards – Call for Nominations
Nominations for 2019 Preservation Awards Open
Each year the Historic Kansas City presents the Preservation Awards to a select group of individuals, organizations, and businesses for projects from throughout the Kansas City area which exemplify outstanding achievement in the field of historic preservation. The awards honor projects involving the preservation or protection of historic resources including the restoration, rehabilitation and/or adaptive reuse of historic properties; sympathetic new additions to historic buildings; or education, documentation, and advocacy work on behalf of preservation of our heritage.
Nominations for the 2019 National Preservation Awards open December 30, 2019, and will be accepted through February 3, 2020, 11:59 pm local time.
- A completed nomination form must be submitted.
- Projects and activities must have been completed during the 2019 calendar year.
- HKC will accept both self-nominations and nominations without the knowledge of the nominee.
- Awards may not be given in all categories and more than one award per category may be made.
- Awards are chosen and conferred at the discretion of the Historic Kansas City Board of Directors.
- Projects are to be located within the following counties:
- Missouri: Clay, Jackson, Platte
- Kansas: Johnson, Wyandotte
In order to be considered a nomination including the following must be submitted by February 3, 2020, at 11:59 p.m. local time:
- A completed nomination form that includes:
- A one-page narrative explaining why the nominee deserves area-wide recognition. Describe the challenges overcome, unique strategies used, efforts to incorporate sustainable practices, positive impact on the community and overall contribution to historic preservation. Provide in either Word or PDF document.
- If any Federal or State programs providing financial assistance to the project, please list.
- Five (5) photos as attachments. At least five high-resolution digital images, each titled with the name of the nominated project. Digital images must be submitted in the form of JPEG files. Before and after images showing the preservation, the process is encouraged.
- There is NO application fee for HKC general membership for the following categories:
- Jane Flynn LEADERSHIP Award
- George Ehrlich Award
- Richard Nadeau Award for Organizational Achievement
- Neighborhood Stabilization Award
- There is NO application fee for HKC Business Members or Corporate Sponsors for any nomination category.
- There is a $150 application fee per project for non-HKC members/sponsors for the following categories:
- Best Adaptive Re-use
- Best Preservation Practices
- Contemporary design in a Historic Context
- Innovation in Preservation
- Outstanding Work by a Craftsperson
- Click icon at top of the page to download a nomination form.
- All nominations must be submitted by e-mail to email@example.com
- If you have any questions, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
- To see a complete list of past award winners, click here.