About

About

Brenda Spencer has been a Historic Preservation professional for nearly 30 years, providing preservation planning, consulting, and design services for cities, neighborhoods, downtowns, and buildings across Kansas and surrounding states.

Spencer Preservation is a small historic preservation consulting firm that adds value to your preservation project.  Spencer’s background in architecture uniquely qualifies her as a valuable team member on historic rehabilitation projects.  She also brings LEED GA Accreditation and an excellent working knowledge of the importance of economic-viability and success.  Spencer Preservation is efficient, nimble, and provides the gold standard in historic preservation consulting. 

Spencer holds bachelor and master degrees in architecture from Kansas State University.  She started her profession career in Manhattan as Coordinator of Manhattan Design Project, directing design assistance and downtown revitalization programs during the $26 million comprehensive downtown redevelopment project 1984-87.  

In 1988, she was named State Coordinator of the Kansas Main Street Program in the Department of Commerce, where she administered the statewide downtown revitalization program that grew to over thirty Kansas cities and towns under her leadership.

In 1994, she founded her own firm where she specializes in comprehensive historic preservation consulting services including federal and state rehabilitation tax credit applications, national register nominations, historic resource inventory surveys, determinations of eligibility, historic structures reports, and preservation-based design review and technical assistance. 

She has extensive experience with the basic preservation design threshold - the U.S. Secretary of Interior’s Standards for Rehabilitation. Spencer’s vast hands-on experience in public and private historic rehabilitation projects distinguishes her as an indispensable resource for historic preservation projects.  Her expertise includes but is not limited to:

  • An excellent working knowledge of federal and state requirements
  • Outstanding working relationship with Kansas State Historical Society staff
  • Extensive experience working with government and military officials
  • Proven strategies for dealing with the economic realities of implementing preservation projects

These skills and knowledge provide an unparalleled foundation for addressing client needs, regardless of the project size or scope.  From her extensive work over the past three decades, Spencer brings a unique understanding of what makes cities, downtowns, businesses, and rehabilitation projects successful and the importance of economic feasibility.  She is a strong advocate for historic preservation as a successful economic development tool.

Spencer has worked on numerous award-winning projects on Fort Riley and Fort Leavenworth in coordination with civilian and military officials, meeting military requirements while preserving historically significant buildings for modern, efficient usage.

2012 was a banner year for Spencer Preservation. In August, Brenda earned professional accreditation for Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) Green Associate from the U.S Green Business Council. LEED accreditation represents the application of current green technologies that result in environmental and economic success.  The accreditation requires continual education and encourages members to incorporate LEED principles in to all phases of projects.  Spencer has been involved in three historic rehabilitation projects that received LEED certification; two of which achieved LEED GOLD, a rare accomplishment in historic renovations. 

Additionally, in 2012, one Spencer Preservation supported project for the Old Mess Hall on the Veteran’s Administration Campus (known as Building 19), in Leavenworth, Kansas, won four separate awards including the J. Timothy Anderson Awards for Excellence in Historic Rehabilitation (awarded in 2011), Palladio Award (2012), Kansas Preservation Alliance Award of Excellence (2012) and the Richard H. Driehaus National Preservation Award (2012). 

A second project, the United States Disciplinary Barracks Hospital, Building 465, also won a 2012 Kansas Preservation Alliance Award of Excellence and achieved LEED GOLD certification.  In 2013, Riverside Apartments at Fort Leavenworth won a Kansas Preservation Alliance Award of Excellence and achieved LEED GOLD certification.  See project portfolio for details on these and other projects.