History: The Kirkwood City Council established the Landmarks Commission in 1981 - "to make a continuous study of all the buildings and structures in the community, taking into account the age, design, period of construction, aesthetic value, past use, and historical significance, and to consider such buildings for designation as historical landmarks." The Commission has actively pursued its charge from inception to the present. Kirkwood was one of the first cities in Missouri to make historic preservation a priority at the local level, followed by more than 50 other cities. The Kirkwood Landmarks Commission has been certified by the State of Missouri's Historic Preservation Office.
The Landmarks Commission recognizes and preserves properties that represent or reflect elements of the City’s thriving cultural heritage and architectural history. There are more than 90 designated landmarks and six local historic districts located in Kirkwood, including businesses, schools, churches, cemeteries, and a multitude of historically significant homes. In addition, there are 24 individual properties and four districts listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The mission of the Kirkwood Landmarks Commission is to protect, retain, and enhance such properties.
The volunteer Commissioners who serve on the Landmarks Commission come from a variety of backgrounds and utilize their expertise for the benefit of the community. They advise property owners on exterior renovations to preserve the character and historic integrity of existing landmarks and districts. Furthermore, any person who owns property in Kirkwood can seek free advice regarding historic preservation from the Landmarks Commission. To view the Boards and Commissions Roster, which includes the Landmarks Commission roster, click here.
Certificate of Appropriateness: The Landmarks Commission reviews proposed exterior alterations to designated landmarks and demolition and new construction of structures on landmark sites and within historic districts. Before a building permit may be obtained for such work, the Landmarks Commission shall issue a Certificate of Appropriateness. Click here for the COA application.
An informational brochure on the Landmarks Commission is available here.
For general requests for information about the Landmarks Commission, contact the Secretaries to the Building Commissioner at 314-822-5823 or the Landmarks Liaison at 314-822-5815. By email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
For information about historic preservation in Kirkwood, visit the Historic Preservation / Registry page here.
Certified Local Government Annual Report, Kirkwood Landmarks Commission - 2012-2013.
Certified Local Government Annual Report, Kirkwood Landmarks Commission - 2011-2012.
Meeting minutes are archived here for approximately six months. If minutes from an older meeting are needed, they can be requested by sending an email to the City Clerk at: email@example.com. Thank you.