2020 Favorite Building Awards
Nominations are currently being sought for “Favorite Buildings” that contribute to the architectural character of Kirkwood. Buildings or places deserving of recognition may be nominated through April 3, 2020 in the following categories:
- Quality restoration of an 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 an 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 construction. The new construction should fit into the existing character of its neighborhood and be compatible with adjoining buildings 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 may be obtained at the Kirkwood library, City Hall building department, or downloaded here. The members of the Landmarks Commission shall review all nominations to select this year’s recipients. The Awards will be presented on May 13, 2020 at 7:00 p.m. at City Hall.
History of the Landmarks Commission
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.
Mission & Roster
The Landmarks Commission recognizes and preserves properties that represent elements of the City’s thriving cultural heritage and architectural history. Included among the 85 designated landmarks and eight local historic districts in Kirkwood are 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 historic districts. Furthermore, any person who owns property in Kirkwood can seek free advice regarding historic preservation from the Landmarks Commission.
- Landmarks Ordinance
- Historic Preservation webpage for listings of Landmarks, Historic Districts and Design Guidelines
- Landmarks Commission Brochure and Roster for further information
- Certified Local Government Annual Report 2018-19
- Information on All City Boards/Commissions, including link to current Membership Rosters
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 (CoA).
Meetings & Contact
The Landmarks Commission meets on the 2nd Wednesday of the month.
- To access the next agenda, visit the website calendar.
- Contact Staff Liaison Amy Lowry, Assistant City Planner, at 314-822-5815 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Effective August 1, 2018, the City of Kirkwood will provide minutes and agendas on this website in a Word document format, which can be read by assistive technologies such as screen readers and Braille devices. If you need an older agenda or set of minutes in Word, please send an email to Laurie Asche at ascheLb@kirkwoodmo.org. Thank you.