This spring, architecture students from the University of Kansas will be studying selected historic buildings in downtown Baldwin City.

Students enrolled in Historic Preservation Planning, ARCH 648 will be working in partnership with the City of Baldwin City and the Baldwin City Chamber of Commerce. This course is one of four courses required for the Graduate Certificate in Historic Preservation offered by the KU School of Architecture and Design.

Students will carry out condition and feasibility assessments using available information.

They will choose a hypothetical treatment for the subject building (preservation, rehabilitation, restoration, or adaptive re-use) and present a proposal for the appropriate preservation and use of the project building.

Other factors which may be addressed in the project proposal include:

  • urban design context
  • infill construction
  • comprehensive planning
  • infrastructure
  • economic development
  • sustainability.

As the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s successful Main Street program has shown, historic preservation can be one of the best and most cost-effective strategies for building a positive sense of community and place as well as revitalizing smaller towns in America.

This project provides students an experiential learning opportunity connecting students with Baldwin City businesses for shared learning and potential long-term project development resulting in economic impact for the community.

CONTACT INFORMATION: For more information or questions about the class projects, contact Dale Nimz, Lecturer, University of Kansas. 785-979-8398 or dale.nimz@gmail.com.