Historic Preservation & Incentives

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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 & 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 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 Preservation Projects Currently in Progress

  • Garlinghouse Co. Multiple Property Documentation Form and Nomination
  • Tennessee Town Neighborhood Historic Resources Survey Phase #2
  • Mid-Century Modern Multiple Property Documentation Form and Nomination

Demolition Policy for Non-Registered Historic Properties

Historic Properties

Processes & Nominations for Historic Landmark Designation

Historic Individual Properties

Historic Districts

Historic Preservation Tax Credits

Historic Preservation Projects

Auburndale Historic Resources Survey

“Big Reveal” Vinyl Siding Removal Workshop (June 14-15, 2019)

College Hill 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

For the past 12 months, Rosin Preservation has been collecting information on the L.F. Garlinghouse Company that began here in Topeka back in 1906, and expanded into what still survives today as a home plans catalog business. Rosin performed a detailed survey on well over 100 verified Garlinghouse homes here in Topeka, and two of those homes have been nominated for placement on the National Register of Historic Places. On September 25th, a team from Rosin will be at the Topeka & Shawnee County Public Library (Marvin Auditorium) to provide the public a more detailed explanation and report on the extent of their findings on the Garlinghouse company, and its historical impact on the City of Topeka, and this entire region and nation. The public is encouraged to attend to learn more about this very important aspect of Topeka’s history. Event begins at 6:30PM.

Historic Wood Window Restoration Workshop (November 8-10, 2018)

Mid-Century Modern Multiple Property Documentation (in progress)

Tennessee Town Historic Resources Survey

    • Phase #1 (completed June 2019)
    • Phase #2 (in progress)