One of the first suburbs developed in Kansas by urban planning pioneer J.C. Nichols, this city of 51/2 blocks wants to establish its historical importance by getting listed on the state and federal registers for historic places.
“There is something so distinct and unique about this city,” said Karen Shelor Sexton, president of the Westwood Hills Historic Foundation. “It should be preserved.”
No other Kansas city has been placed entirely on the national list, state officials say, and there are only a handful of similar instances across the country.
A state review board is scheduled to consider the city’s request on Saturday. If the board signs off, it will go to the National Park Service for approval. Chances of getting on the national register are strong if it’s endorsed by the state.
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