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Topeka is a city full of history that dates to a time prior to the founding of Kansas as a Free State 1856. Since its inception as a crossing of the Kansas River along the Oregon Trail, Topeka has developed as a center of the state’s political, social, and economic life. Today it remains a vital and unique place. The Planning Department works to preserve Topeka’s history, and strengthen its recognition and value within a wide variety of applications.

Topeka’s historic buildings, neighborhoods, and landscapes are essential features of the city’s character, and collectively contribute in making the city an outstanding place to live. In turn, these features also offer significant contributions to the city’s economy and cultural heritage by establishing the foundation for a high quality of life. Through the Department’s Historic Preservation programs, this history is a focus to help ensure its protection and continued use in the best interest of all of Topeka’s residents.

Historic Preservation Plan and FAQs

View information about our Topeka Landmarks Commission

View information about our Design Review Committee

View the historic preservation municipal code

View the Secretary of the Interior's Standards for Rehabilitation


Financial Incentives for Historic Preservation

Historic Tourism Grants


Historic Preservation Projects Currently in Progress

Auburndale Neighborhood Historic Resources Survey Phase II

Collins Park Neighborhood Historic Resources Survey

Country Club Addition Addition Neighborhood Historic Resources Survey


Demolition Policy for Non-Registered Historic Properties

See information and demo notifications for "B"-List properties.


Historic Properties

Processes & Nominations for Historic Landmark Designation

Historic Individual Properties

Individual Property Nomination Process

Individual Property Historic Landmark Nomination Form

Historic Districts

Historic Preservation Tax Credits


Recently Completed Historic Preservation Projects

Auburndale Phase I Historic Resources Survey


Bill Fiander, AICP

Planning Director

Kris Wagers

Administrative Officer
620 SE Madison
Topeka, KS 66607

Planning Contacts

Licensing & Inspections