Historic Preservation Information
The National Register of Historic Places is the official federal list of properties that are significant in American history, architecture, archaeology, and engineering. Places may be listed individually, as part of an Historic District, or as part of a multiple property or statewide thematic category.
Benefits of Listing
In addition to honorific recognition, listing in the registers results in the following benefits for historic properties:
• Gives it recognition for its historic significance.
• Qualifies the owner for federal and/or state rehabilitation tax credits.
• Helps educate the public and community about historic and culture resources.
The property must meet one or more of the four criteria for evaluation. Properties eligible for the register generally retain their historic appearance, are at least fifty years old, and have the potential to be documented as historically or architecturally significant at either the local, state, or national level. Many types of properties are listed in the register, including barns, banks, courthouses, libraries, houses, parks, ranches, battlefields, hospitals, roads, bridges, rail depots, and archeological sites. The National Register is administered by the National Park Service.
The Register of Historic Kansas Places is our state’s official list of historically significant properties. Properties included in the National Register are automatically listed in the State Register. However, not all properties listed in the State Register are included in the National Register. The same general criteria are used to assess the eligibility of a property for inclusion in the state register, but more flexibility is allowed in the interpretation of the criteria for eligibility.
Owners of State or National Registered properties, or contributing properties in Historic Districts, are eligible for tax credits for rehab and maintenance work performed on their properties!
The federal program provides an income-tax credit equal to 20% of qualified expenditures on income-producing properties. The state program provides a tax credit equal to 25% of qualified expenditures on both income and non-income producing properties.
Projects must be for a minimum of $5,000. Two or more projects can be combined to meet the minimum (for instance a new roof and an exterior paint job).
Your project must be approved by the cultural resources office of KSHS before work begins. You will need to photo-document the approved work process and verify completion. Call Cultural Resources at 785-272-8681 or email firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit their web page on tax credits.