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

Landmark Designation

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.

Lawrence Thematic National Register Nomination: 1854 to 1945 (PDF), 1945 to 1975 (PDF)

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

Frequently Asked Questions about Historic Resources