Resources and Contacts

Lee’s Summit Hatchery, Second Street, between SW Main and Market 1930s (Copyright: Lee’s Summit Historical Society)

Tax Credit Information and Resources:

The City of Lee’s Summit is not responsible for administering or selecting recipients of tax credits for rehablitation of historic buildings.  For any questions about the historic preservation tax credits please contact the Missourid State Historic Preservation Office (MO SHPO) at (573) 751-7858.  Also please see the Lee’s Summit Historic Preservation Commission’s brochure on Frequently asked Questions about the National Register and Historic Tax Credits.

Rehabilitation for Historic Buildings – MO SHPO: Since 1976, federal law has provided tax incentives for historic preservation. A state tax incentive has been available since Jan. 1,1998. The availability of the federal and state tax credits has encouraged investment in historic resources – in urban cores, residential neighborhoods and small towns throughout the state.

Tax Credit from the National Park Service: The Federal Historic Preservation Tax Incentives program offers a 20% tax credit for the rehabilitation of income-producing historic structures. Since 1976, the National Park Service has administered the program in partnership with the Internal Revenue Service and State Historic Preservation Officers. Tax incentives are one of the nation’s most successful and cost-effective community revitalization programs.

Local Historic Preservation Resources:

Lee’s Summit Historical Society: The Lee’ Summit Historical Society maintains a museum in the south End of the historic 1905 train depot located in downtown Lee’s Summit. The museum opened October 4, 1991 and houses a number of historic artifacts, maps, and photos of early Lee’s Summit.

Lee’s Summit Historical CemeteriesOn behalf of the City of Lee’s Summit, the Parks and Recreation Department oversees and maintains the Lee’s Summit Historical Cemeteries.  The cemetery, in existence since 1867, sits on 20 acres and currently contains approximately 20,000 grave spaces.

  • Interactive Map:This is a interactive map maintained by the City of Lee’s Summit for the Lee’s Summit Historical Cemetery.
  • Find a Grave.com: This is a 3rd party website that is not updated or maintained by the City of Lee’s Summit or the Lee’s Summit Historic Preservation Commission.

Cass County Historical SocietyThe Cass County Historical Society, Inc. was organized in 1965 for the purpose of discovering, collecting and preserving material which identifies and illustrates the history of this area.  The society collects material illustrative of life conditions, events and activities of the past and present.  The society has published books dealing with family histories, a history of Harrisonville, cemetery guides, calendars, and reprinted plat books.

R. A. Long Historical Society: Dedicated to preserving the legacy of R. A. Long and his family through projects which educate with integrity and truth.  The R. A. Long property is now the New Longview area of Lee’s Summit.

Missouri Historical Society: Founded in 1898 by the Missouri Press Association and a trustee of the state since 1899, The State Historical Society of Missouri is the preeminent research facility for the study of the Show Me State’s heritage and a leader in programming designed to share that heritage with the public. Whether through educational settings, such as the Missouri History Speakers’ Bureau, or National History Day in Missouri and genealogy workshops, or the performing arts, like MoHiP Theater, the Society not only brings Missouri history to the state’s citizens, but also gives Missourians the tools they need to uncover history in their own lives.  The Society also publishes the Missouri Historical Review, an award-winning scholarly quarterly, which has served as the cornerstone of the Society’s publication program since 1906.

Technical Historic Preservation Briefs, Bulletins and Brochures:

The purposes of these technical publications is to provide historic property owners with guidance and information on specific how-to projects for historic buildings.

Preservation Briefs by the National Park Service

Bulletins, Brochures, and other information by the National Park Service

Certified Local Governments (CLG):

The CLG program came into existence from amendments to the Preservation Act of 1966.  It was designed to create and expand the historic preservation network of the federal and state governments by developing tools for participation of local governments.  You may also wish to visit the web sites listed below for additional information:

Additional Resources:

Various Federal and Historic Preservation Resources: The references are provided by the Missouri Alliance for Historic Preservation.

The Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for Rehabilitation: The Secretary of the Interior is responsible for establishing standards for all programs under Departmental authority and for advising Federal agencies on the preservation of historic properties listed in or eligible for listing in the National Register of Historic Places.

A Guide for Energy Efficiency, Renewable Energy and Historic Preservation: A publication from Clean Air-Cool Planet that is designed to help historic commissions, other local organizations, and property owners make historic buildings more energy efficient.

Missouri Department of Economic Development: The Department of Economic Development administers a wide array of programs designed to enhance Missouri’s economy in the 21st Century. It is composed of agencies that execute statutory requirements and department policy in the areas of community, economic and workforce development.

  • Missouri Historic Preservation Tax Credit Program: The Missouri Historic Tax Credit Program was passed in September 1997 by the Missouri General Assembly, and became effective January 1, 1998. The law’s intent is to aid in the redevelopment of historic structures in the state of Missouri. The Missouri Department of Economic Development is responsible for the issuance of the credits based upon certification of the rehabilitation by the Missouri Department of Natural Resources, State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO). If there is any conflict between these Guidelines and the applicable statutory provisions, the statutes shall control.

Historic Preservation Commission • City Hall • 220 SE Green Street •  Lee’s Summit, Missouri 64063

HPC Staff Liaison
Phone: (816) 969-1600• Fax: (816) 969-1619
Email: HPC@cityofls.net