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The City of Independence has a rich and diverse architectural heritage with buildings dating from the early nineteenth century. The Historic Preservation Division is responsible for the preservation, rehabilitation, and restoration of these historic resources. 

Front facade of home in historic district

The City currently has one locally designated historic district, the Truman Heritage District, which is located just west of the Independence Courthouse Square. The National Park Service has also designated this neighborhood as a National Historic Landmark District. 
In addition, there are 27 Independence properties that have been designated as local Historic Landmarks and 23 properties that are listed on the National Register of Historic Places that are located throughout the city. 
 
In March 2006, the City of Independence was declared a Preserve America Community.  Preserve America is a White House initiative that nationally recognizes the importance of the city’s continued efforts to preserve our local historical and architectural resources through historic preservation, heritage education and heritage tourism. 

Some of the city's nationally renowned resources recognized by the Preserve America certification include: the Harry S Truman Home, the Truman Presidential Library, The Vaile Mansion, the Bingham-Waggoner Estate, the 1827 Log Courthouse, and the National Frontier Trails Museum. 

Please select from the links listed to the side to learn more about our historic sites and preservation programs and how you can get involved. Also, be sure to check back as we regularly update our site. 

What's New?

Heritage Commission Meeting Date  

January 4, 2024

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Certificate of Appropriateness (COA) deadline

December 13, 2023

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Celebrating a century plaque

Do you live in a historic house? Would you like to have your property recognized through local historic designation? Your property may be eligible for a free brass plaque highlighting the date of construction. Homes must be over 100 years of age and property owners must first list their homes on the Independence Local Register of Historic Places to qualify. Plaques are available for new designations only. As such, houses must be located outside the local historic district. 

Free plaques are limited to three per year so contact us today to check your eligibility. For more on this program, contact the City’s Historic Preservation Division at (816)325-7419 or email at wshay@indepmo.org. Designation forms can be found at https://bit.ly/3avRdyo and must be completed prior to submittal to qualify. For tips to begin your research check out https://bit.ly/2W0MtNn.

Now Accepting Nominations for the 2024 Preserve Independence Awards

The Historic Preservation Division is now accepting nominations for the 2024 Preserve Independence Awards. Nominations can highlight projects, individuals, or organizations who have contributed to the preservation of the Independence historic built environment. This year’s deadline is Friday, March 22nd