Historic Downtown Kirkwood
Downtown Kirkwood has been added to the
National Park Service's National Register of Historic Places
The National Park Service has approved the inclusion of the
Downtown Kirkwood Historic District on the National Register of
Historic Places, effective October 28, 2009.
Owners of buildings with historic integrity may be eligible for
federal and state tax credits for qualified improvements to their
A national historic district designation for Downtown
Kirkwood identifies and recognizes the value of buildings,
structures, landscapes and sites that have historical,
architectural and cultural significance. Historic
preservation also contributes to the community's economic vitality
through heritage tourism and the cascading effect of rehabilitation
projects on local employment and commerce.
Listing in the National Register does not bring limitations or
restrictive covenants. Owners are free to maintain, manage or
dispose of their buildings as they chose. (Exceptions to this
are local landmarks, as designated by the Kirkwood Landmarks
Commission, which are subject to design review for improvements
The Kirkwood Special Business District and the City's Landmarks
Commission collaborated to pursue historic recognition for the
downtown historic area and inclusion on the Registry.
Supporters of the nomination include the Kirkwood Landmarks
Commission, Kirkwood Historical Society, Downtown Kirkwood
Advisory Commission, Kirkwood City Council, Missouri Advisory
Council on Historic Preservation, and the National Parks
Great Southern Bank, a property owner in Downtown Kirkwood,
through their liaison, Kevin Baker, endowed $20,000 for hiring a
preservation specialist, Karen Bode Baxter, to write the nomination
for the district designation.