Historic Resources

Historic Preservation in the City of Lawrence

A Historic Preservation Ordinance, Chapter 22 - Conservation of Historic Resources Code, has been enacted by the City of Lawrence to help protect and encourage the preservation of Lawrence's historic and architectural resources. The Ordinance establishes the Historic Resources Commission (HRC) and calls for the establishment of local historic districts and local landmarks.

In addition to the City of Lawrence's Historic Preservation Ordinance, the State of Kansas has adopted the Kansas Historic Preservation Act (K.S.A. 75-2715 - 75-2725) which provides for the protection of properties listed on the Register of Historic Kansas Places and the National Register of Historic Places. Currently, the City of Lawrence has entered into an agreement with the State Historic Preservation Officer for the HRC to conduct reviews required by this statute in Lawrence.

Historic Resources Commission

Provides information on agendas, commission members, scheduling and deadlines.

Application Process and Required Documents

Local Design Review (Certificate of Appropriateness)

State Law Review

Design Guidelines

Design Guidelines guide development in locally designated areas of Lawrence to preserve and protect historic elements and foster economic vitality.

Chapter 22 Conservation of Historic Resources

The Conservation of Historic Resources Code has been enacted by the City of Lawrence to provide a mechanism to identify and conserve the distinctive historic and architectural characteristics and other historic resources of the city which represent elements of the city's cultural, social, economic, political, and architectural history.

Historic Resources Survey

Planning and Development Services has completed a Historic Preservation Fund grant to conduct a historic resources survey and building inventory of the area north of the University of Kansas Memorial Stadium from Indiana Street to Michigan Street and from 9th Street to 11th Street. The survey consists of information on building construction dates, owners, builders, architects and brief physical descriptions. This survey work and the associated survey summary document (44 MB) will allow the Lawrence Historic Resources Commission and the City of Lawrence to continue its long term goal of creating a comprehensive inventory of historic resources within the City. Individual building survey forms may be viewed using the Kansas Historical Society’s interactive online database Kansas Historic Resources Inventory. (KHRI) http://khri.kansasgis.org/

Lawrence Thematic National Register Nomination (PDF, 1.38 MB)

The developmental and chronological interpretation of the city's history used for National Register of Historic Places nominations.

Frequently Asked Questions about Historic Resources