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Welcome to Kirkwood!

Turn-of-the-century homes and a thriving business community await you in the City of Kirkwood, Missouri. Established in 1853, Kirkwood has long been known for its down-home charm, community pride, nationally recognized schools, vibrant business community, and its involved residents.

News & Announcements
Favorite Building Awards Nominations Now Open

The Kirkwood Landmarks Commission’s annual Favorite Building Awards ceremony will be held on Wednesday, May 11, at 7:00 p.m., at Kirkwood City Hall, 139 S. Kirkwood Road.  Nominations for the awards program are now being sought. 

Buildings or places that are deserving of recognition and that contribute to the architectural character of Kirkwood may be nominated.  Nominees need not be a designated Kirkwood Landmark.  The members of the Kirkwood Architectural Review Board and Landmarks Commission will review all nominations to select this year’s recipients. The winners will be announced during National Preservation Month in May. 

Nominations will be accepted for:

  • Quality restoration of existing building to its former glory.
  • Maintenance or improvement of an existing building through landscaping or cosmetic treatment which reinforces its character.
  • Architectural design for a residential addition. The addition must acknowledge the character of the original by relating to it through the use of scale, proportion, materials, textures and details.
  • Architectural design for new residential infill housing.  The new construction should fit into the existing character of its neighborhood and be compatible with adjoining homes through the use of scale, proportion, materials, textures and details.
  • Neighborhood integrity.  A “neighborhood of distinction” is an area of architectural significance and character that has maintained its integrity for 50 years or more.

Nomination Forms can be downloaded here. Nominations should be submitted by March 31 to Amy Lowry, Building Department (lower level), City Hall, 139 S. Kirkwood Road, or by email to: lowryag@kirkwoodmo.org.

This Place Matters!

In celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the National Historic Preservation Act, the Missouri State Historic Preservation Office and the Kirkwood Landmarks Commission are encouraging residents to share a photo and story of a favorite historic place. 

Print out a "This Place Matters" sign here.  Go to a Kirkwood place that matters to you and take a photo with your sign.  Submit your photo via e-mail to lowryag@kirkwoodmo.org or post on our Preserving Kirkwood (MO) Facebook page or on the City's Instagram page (KirkwoodCity), with the hashtag #ThisPlaceMatters.  The best submittals may be displayed at statewide historic preservation events this year.

City Council Approves and Adopts Budget

Kirkwood City Council voted at its March 16 meeting to approve and adopt a new budget for the fiscal year that begins April 1, 2017. Please click here to download the full operating and capital budgets.

Proposition One Will Be on April Ballot

The City of Kirkwood has placed Proposition One on the April 4, 2017, municipal election ballot. Prop One will ask the citizens of Kirkwood to renew the City’s half-cent Capital Improvements Sales Tax. The original tax was passed in 1994 and became effective in 1995. It was renewed for 2005 with a 15-year sunset provision. The current tax will expire in 2020 unless voters approve Proposition One.  If approved by voters, the renewed sales tax will have no sunset provision.

Prop One asks voters to continue the half-cent tax, which is used for improvements to infrastructure, such as street and sidewalk construction, and for capital purchases such as cars, fire trucks, snow plows, and equipment.  For more information, please download this Frequently Asked Questions. 

Fire Department Honored Retiring Captain Short

The Kirkwood Fire Department honored retiring Captain Keith Short with a full dress ceremony on February 18, at Fire House #1 in downtown Kirkwood. Firefighters dressed in Class A uniforms for the short ceremony, and Captain Short was saluted and given a “last ride” on Engine 1514 in recognition of his many years of service to the citizens of Kirkwood.  Captain Short began his career with the Kirkwood Fire Department on January 14, 1980. He was promoted to Engineer in 1989 and to Captain in 1991. Please visit the City's Facebook page to see the photos.

Downtown Kirkwood is a
"Great Places" Winner

Downtown Kirkwood has been chosen as one of three “Great Places in Missouri” by the American Planning Association (APA) for 2017, along with Tower Grove Park and the 4th Street Corridor in Maryville. The Great Places in Missouri program was started in 2014 to recognize neighborhoods, streets, and public spaces throughout Missouri that demonstrate exceptional character, quality and planning, attributes that enrich communities, facilitate economic growth, and inspire residents and visitors alike. The Great Places in Missouri program was modeled after APA’s Great Places in America Program that has recognized 260 neighborhoods, streets, and public spaces around the country since 2007.