Historic Preservation

Hutchinson's Historic Districts
The City of Hutchinson currently has three nationally-listed historic districts: the Houston Whiteside Historic District, the Downtown Core North Historic District, and the Downtown Core South Historic District. The Houston Whiteside district is entirely residential, whereas the Downtown districts contain a mix of commercial and residential uses. In these districts, any project that requires a building permit also requires historic review. Historic review is conducted either by staff or by the Landmarks Commission, depending on the scope of the project. Below are links to applications for historic review.

Hutchinson's Local Landmarks and Individually Listed Properties
Individual properties throughout the City are listed on the National and State Registers of Historic Places, and some are also locally listed as Local Landmarks. Any of these properties also require historic review for projects that require building permits. If you are unsure if your property is listed, please contact the Planning and Development Department at 620-694-2639.

Benefits and Financial Incentives of Owning a Historic Property
There are several financial benefits that come along with owning a historic building within the City of Hutchinson. State tax credits are available for projects that meet certain preservation standards and cost thresholds. If the project is eligible, the tax credits can amount to up to 25% of qualifying expenses. In addition, if the property is located south of 11th Avenue, the project may be eligible for the Neighborhood Revitalization Program. For historic properties, this program can rebate 100% of the increase in taxes that result from rehabilitation projects if certain criteria are met. For more information about the NRP, please contact the Planning Department at 620-694-2639.

Certified Local Government Status
The City of Hutchinson is a Certified Local Government (CLG), which is a designation that allows the City, on behalf of the State, to review projects on properties listed on the State and National Registers of Historic Places. Through the Landmarks Commission and staff efforts, the City promotes the preservation of historic sites, structures, objects, buildings, and historic districts. The Landmarks Commission and staff work with the Kansas State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO), a component of the Kansas State Historical Society, which seeks to encourage and expand local involvement in preservation issues.