Buying a home on Historic Walnut Street

Buying a home on Historic Walnut Street

Historic Walnut Street

Throughout the city of Springfield Missouri there are many wonderful historic older homes. And for the most part you can purchase and do most anything to them that the city and or neighborhood covenants will permit. However, one street stands out above all the rest – the Historic Walnut Street. For this article I will be focusing on homes to east of National Avenue.

Do your homework!

It is incumbent upon the listing agent to designate the home historic in the listing. However, it is the buyers responsibility along with their buyers agent to understand what regulations may impact the ownership of the house. I think most home buyers do not want to get into litigation after the purchase because they found out that they could not remodel and change the home.

For the most part on Historic Walnut Street you can do most any inside the home that the city will allow with the proper permit. However, on the outside of the house that is a completely different story. If you want to change windows, siding, roofs, gutters, porches, etc., the Landmarks Board governs those items. However, you can paint the house any color you want. I‘ll address paint in another post.

You can find out what exactly the Landmarks Board is looking for by visiting the following website, which will provide you a 60 page document of do’s and don’ts by clicking below.


You can also reach out to:

 Michael Sparlin, Senior City Planner

City of Springfield, Missouri

Planning & Development Department

Development Review Office


Click the link below to download the paperwork that is necessary to be completed to gain approval from the Landmarks Board.

If the board does not approved your submission a permit will not be issued. Somethings can be approved in a day or two. Others will take longer depending on the Landmarks Board’s schedule.

What is there ~ you may not be able to get or keep…

A few things to keep in mind when purchasing a house on Historic Walnut Street: Just because your neighbor has vinyl siding does not mean that you can add it to your house. Some of these houses are grandfathered in as the siding was there prior to creating the historic corridor. If you purchase a house with vinyl siding and it burns, you will not be able to put it back on. You will need to rebuild with wood and or cement board siding. Make sure your insurance company will cover that cost. If you are thinking of taking the vinyl siding off, you still need permission from the Landmarks Board.

These rules may change from year to year. To find out what you need to do when it comes to the exterior of the house, please call Michael Sparlin at 417-864-1091.

So what is the advantage of purchasing a home on Historic Walnut Street? Most all of your neighbors are in the same boat as you are, which means the look of the street and houses will be preserved for years to come.

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