Historic Preservation Law
and Federal Preservation Standards
Kansas Historical Preservation Office
a Property on the National Register
Historical Preservation Board of Review
List of Historic Sites in Wyandotte County
Government Landmarks Ordinance
Homeowner's Guide to Real Estate Property Tax
A Guide to appealing your Real Estate Tax Valuation
to Historic Westheight Neighborhood Association Home Page
Federal and State
Standards for Rehabilitation
Secretary of the Interior's Standards for
A property shall be used for its historic purpose or
be placed in a new use that requires minimal change to the defining
characteristics of the building and its site and environment.
The historic character of a property shall be retained
and preserved. The removal of historic materials or alteration of
features and spaces that characterize a property shall be avoided.
Each property shall be recognized as a physical record
of its time, place and use. Changes that create a false sense of
historical development, such as adding conjectural features or
architectural elements from other buildings, shall not be undertaken.
Most properties change over time; those changes that
have acquired historic significance in their own right shall be
retained and preserved.
Distinctive features, finishes, and construction
techniques or examples of craftsmanship that characterize a historic
property shall be preserved.
Deteriorated historic features shall be repaired
rather than replaced. Where the severity of deterioration requires
replacement of a distinctive feature, the new feature shall match the
old in design, color, texture, and other visual qualities, and, where
possible, materials. Replacement of missing features shall be
substantiated by documentary, physical, or pictorial evidence.
Chemical or physical treatments, such as sandblasting,
that cause damage to historic materials shall not be used. The surface
cleaning of structures, if appropriate, shall be undertaken using the
gentlest means possible.
Significant archeological resources affected by a
project shall be protected and preserved. If such resources must be
disturbed, mitigation measures shall be undertaken.
New additions, exterior alterations, or related new
construction shall not destroy historic materials that characterize
the property. The new work shall be differentiated from the old and
shall be compatible with the massing, size, scale, and architectural
features to protect the historic integrity of the property and its
New additions and adjacent or related new construction
shall be undertaken in such a manner that if removed in the future,
the essential form and integrity of the historic property and its
environment would be unimpaired.
The Kansas SHPO's Standards and Guidelines for
Evaluating the Effect of Projects on Environs
The character of a historic property's environs should
be retained and preserved. The removal or alteration of distinctive
buildings, structures, landscape features, spatial relationships, etc.
that characterize the environs should be avoided.
Environs should be used as it has been historically or
allow the inclusion of new uses that require minimal change to the
environs' distinctive materials, features, and spatial relationships
The environs of each property will be recognized as a
physical record of its time, place, and use. Changes to the environs
that have acquired historic significance in their own right should be
retained and preserved.
Demolition of character-defining buildings,
structures, landscape features, etc. in a historic property's environs
should be avoided. When the severity of deterioration requires removal
within the environs, compatible reconstruction shall occur.
Archeological resources will be protected and
preserved in place. If such resources must be disturbed, mitigation
measures shall be undertaken.
New additions, exterior alterations, infill
construction, or related new construction should not destroy
character-defining features or spatial relationships that characterize
the environs of a property. The new work shall be compatible with the
historic materials, character-defining features, size, scale and
proportion, and massing of the environs.
Moved historic properties that have not retained or
acquired historic significance in their new environs shall be
considered as artifacts without environs.