Olathe East Side Square
Looking east on Park Street in 1940.
Olathe City Hall & Fire Station in 1950.
Walnut Grove Schoolhouse
Corner of Park and Cherry
Pickering House
Historic Railroad Depot
Historic Photo of Hyer Boot Company and Employees

The City’s Historic Preservation program plays an important economic, environmental, and cultural role in the ongoing development of Olathe.

As a Certified Local Government, Olathe has demonstrated its commitment to meeting the standards set forth by the Kansas State Historic Preservation Office.

The Historic Preservation Ordinance was enacted by the Olathe City Council to:

  • Protect and encourage the preservation of Olathe's historic and architectural resources
  • Establish the Olathe Historic Preservation Board (OHPB)

Public Service Application

Active Historic Landmark Applications

Historic Preservation Board

The Olathe Historic Preservation Board (OHPB) is a volunteer advisory board that has been designated to recommend and promote projects pertaining to Historic Preservation in the City of Olathe. The Mayor of Olathe appoints board members subject to confirmation by the Olathe City Council.

The purpose of the Olathe Historic Preservation Board (OHPB) is to advise the City Council on historic resources, help safeguard Olathe's architectural and cultural heritage, and make recommendations concerning a City-wide historic preservation plan.

The board is composed of seven members and serve three-year terms.

Current members include:

  • Bob Courtney
  • Lynn Gentry
  • Lexi Selvig
  • Dennis Shafer
  • Tom Kearney

As a Certified Local Government, 40% of the total board members shall be drawn from preservation-related professionals as defined by the National Parks Service. Remaining members are selected from diverse professions or lay persons with demonstrated interest, knowledge and training in fields closely related to historic preservation.

Meetings are held the third Thursday of every month at Olathe City Hall, 100 E. Santa Fe St., at 3 p.m.

Local Landmark Designation

Interested in applying for a local landmark designation? Submit a completed application to:

Planning Division

Olathe City Hall, 100 E Santa Fe St.

Olathe, KS, 66061

Please contact the Planning Divisionat (913) 971-8956 with questions about historic preservation or the local landmark designation process.

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