Historic Preservation Eligibility Criteria

Gardner’s Cafe, Market and Third Street, Lee’s Summit, MO 1930s (Copyright: Lee’s Summit Historical Society)



The Lee’s Summit Historic Preservation Commission shall evaluate each parcel of property within an area that is included in the application for a demonstrated quality of significance in local, regional, state, or national history, architecture, archaeology, engineering or culture, and integrity of location, design, setting materials, workmanship and association.
A structure or site, portion of a structure, group of structures, landscape element(s), works of art, or any integrated combination may be designated for preservation if it:

Has significant character, interest or value, as part of the development, heritage or cultural characteristics of the city, state, or nation; or is associated with the life of a person or persons significant in the past: or

Exemplifies the cultural, political, economic, social or historical heritage of the community; or

  • Portrays the environment in an era of history characterized by a distinct architectural style; or

  • By being part of or related to a park or other distinctive area, should be developed to preserve according to plan based on a historic, cultural or architectural motif; or

  • Owning to its unique location or singular physical characteristics, represents an established and familiar visual feature of the neighborhood, community or city; or
  • Any prehistoric/historic site(s) containing information of archaeological value in that it has produced or can be expected to produce data affecting theories of historic or prehistoric research interest as set forth in the state historic preservation program master plan for cultural resources; or
  • Embody the distinctive characteristics of a type, period or method of construction or that represent the work of a master or that possess high artistic values or that represent a significant and distinguishable entity whose components may lack individual distinction; or
  • Are at least fifty (50) years old, or have achieved significance within the past fifty (50) years if the property is of exceptional importance.