Historic Preservation Management Recommendations (2004)


The Historic Preservation Management Recommendations were approved by City Council in 2004.


The Historic Preservation Management Recommendations review the status of the historic resource survey and designation in Original Town as well as provide a strategy for the future preservation of the area’s historic resources. The findings include recommendations for future survey efforts, identification of individual buildings and groups of buildings that may be potentially eligible for listing in the National Register of Historic Places or in the Register of Historic Kansas Places, and provides strategies and tools for preserving the historic built environment.

Key Conclusions

  • Identifies the following as Potential Historic Districts:
  • West Original Town Historic District: Encompasses a nine-block area south and west of downtown, west of the railroad tracks and south of Santa Fe Avenue;
  • Southeast Original Town Historic District: Encompasses a twelve-block area south of downtown, east of Kansas Avenue, north of Southgate Street, and east of Harrison;
  • East Cedar Street Historic District: Includes twelve residential properties adjacent to and immediately west of the Hycrest property;
  • East Loula Street Historic District: Includes twenty-six dwellings and one church constructed on lots facing East Loula Street;
  • Navy Hill Historic District: Includes twenty-five duplexes constructed in 1942-1943 as housing for the Olathe Naval Air Station;
  • North Cherry-West Poplar Streets Historic District: Includes a dense node of sixteen early twentieth century properties constructed just north of the central business district;
  • Cherry Street Commercial District: Encompasses three buildings on the east side of South Cherry Street at the intersection of Park Street;
  • Kansas School for the Deaf Campus;
  • Olathe Memorial Cemetery: Located southwest corner of Harold Street and South Woodland Road.
  • Forge a consensus in the community regarding preservation;
  • Develop goals, policies and initiatives to assist the City in the future identification, interpretation, evaluation and protection of remaining cultural resources;
  • Encourage the City to develop a clear public policy that promotes historic preservation and provides a level of certainty and stability that is necessary to attract investment;
  • Encourage the City to nominate Olathe’s historically and architecturally significant properties to the National Register of Historic Places;
  • Encourage City to monitor post-World War II development because many of these properties may become eligible for register listing;
  • Update survey to reflect properties that have become recently eligible;
  • Establish a local historic register;
  • Encourage nominations to the National Register Multiple Property Submission; and
  • Establish conservation districts for several areas.