Thursday, June 28, 2012

Vacant Wyandotte County church listed as "endangered historic place" by KPA

Photo courtesy of the KPA

According to the Kansas Preservation Alliance, a former church in Wyandotte County is considered an "endangered historic place."

Each year, the KPA has released a list of historic places in Kansas that are in need of "immediate action" to be preserved.

This year, St. John the Divine Catholic Church in Wyandotte County has been listed by the KPA. The KPA says the church has "insufficient funds for rehabilitation and maintenance."

The church was built in 1887 and was later remodeled.

St. John has been vacant since 1992. 

More from a news release:
Since 1993, the Kansas Preservation Alliance (KPA) has called attention to our most threatened historic resources by means the Endangered Places Program.  Over the last two decades, KPA has identified almost 100 significant historic Kansas places in need of immediate attention.  Listings include a wide variety of resources, such as rural landscapes, bridges, archaeological sites, downtown districts, and individual buildings; all of which are threatened by neglect, insufficient funds, inappropriate public policy, or insensitive development. Though not a celebratory moment, the announcement of the list draws much-needed awareness to threatened historic sites statewide.  The list often raises local consciousness and facilitates networks of potential financial and/or technical assistance.  While we are proud to report that many previously endangered places have since been saved and/or rehabilitated, the unveiling of the list acknowledges there is still much work to be done.