K. Vance Kelley






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Being a historic preservation architect means being both a detective and a designer. Vance has dedicated more than 40 years to preserving, restoring, and rehabilitating historic and older buildings. He has managed or reviewed more than half of Treanor’s 1,700 historic preservation projects, including structures listed on the National Register of Historic Places and five state capitol restorations.

His favorite part of the profession is researching the history and stories of the buildings he works on. He also loves researching archaic building materials and construction methods, which makes working on each historic building unique. He strongly believes in the viability of historic structures and their importance within the larger community and works to ensure the longevity of creative, functional, and efficient buildings for future generations.

His notable projects include preserving and restoring the Kansas Statehouse, a “once in a lifetime” project. He’s equally proud of the firm’s work on St. Mark’s African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church and the Rio Vista Community Center, which are essential to underrepresented communities with significant histories worthy of preservation. He’s also proud to be part of the team that helped save and preserve the Union Pacific Station in Topeka after being abandoned for years and nearly lost after a catastrophic fire.

Get to know Vance

What do you like to do outside of work?

I love producing figurative art using the lost wax bronze casting method.

What is your favorite building or landmark?

For a preservation architect, that would be like choosing your favorite child.  There are too many different buildings that are wonderful examples of great architecture.  They all have their own special qualities that make them unique and important.

What is your advice to young professionals in your field?

Learn as much as you can, as fast as you can. There is so much an architect is responsible for and school didn’t teach you everything you need to know. This will allow you to sit for the exams and receive your architectural license. After all, you are not an architect until you meet the requirements and pass the exams!

Notable projects

Kansas Statehouse after historic preservation was complete.

Kansas Statehouse Preservation & Restoration

Topeka, KS

Color photos of Missouri State Capitol zoomed into the south portico featuring a statue, columns, and bronze doors.

Missouri State Capitol Bronze Doors Restoration

Jefferson City, MO

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