Historic Preservation

About US

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 & Development 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 Tour – Local Landmarks

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

Historic Preservation Projects Currently in Progress

  • Country Club Addition NRHP Nomination

Demolition Policy for Non-Registered and Registered Historic Properties

Historic Properties

Processes & Nominations for Historic Landmark Designation

Historic Individual Properties

Historic Districts

  • Historic Landmark District Nomination Process

Historic Preservation Tax Credits

Historic Preservation Projects

Old Town Historic Resources Survey

West Hills Historic Resource Survey

Auburndale Historic Resources Survey

“Big Reveal” Vinyl Siding Removal Workshop

(June 14-15, 2019)

College Hill Historic Resources Survey

Collins Park Historic Resources Survey

Country Club Addition Historic Resources Survey

Downtown Topeka Historic Resources Survey

Garlinghouse National Register Nomination Multiple Property Documentation Form

Nomination approved 10/2/2020

Historic Wood Window Restoration Workshop

(November 8-10, 2018)

Mid-Century Modern Multiple Property Documentation

Tennessee Town Historic Resources Survey