Category: News

Rep. Axne Introduces Legislation to Protect Iowa’s Only National Heritage Area

Rep. Cindy Axne (IA-03) introduced the Protecting the Silos and Smokestacks National Heritage Area Act to ensure Iowa’s only National Heritage Area is preserved by extending the authorization for funding and eliminating the federal funding cap. “Through over a hundred sites in Iowa, the Silos and Smokestacks National Heritage Area showcases our state’s deep connection with agriculture and… Read more »

2021 Preservation at Its Best Nomination Form

Call for Nominations: 2021 Preservation at Its Best Awards EMAIL DEADLINE: Thursday, April 15, 2021   PROJECT REQUIREMENTS DOWNLOAD (pdf) NOMINATION FORM DOWNLOAD (pdf) Each year, Preservation Iowa seeks to honor individuals, organizations, projects, and programs whose work demonstrates a commitment to excellence in historic preservation. In doing so, we hope to inspire others to… Read more »

RFP for Redevelopment of Burlington Elks Building

Excellent historic rehabilitation opportunity for an experienced developer! The Elks Building was constructed in 1883 as a 3-story building to house the post office and office space. It was expanded with a 4th story in 1907 along with renovations to the 3rd story to house the Elks Lodge. The building was bought by the Burlington… Read more »

2021 Most Endangered Properties – Call for Nominations

The Most Endangered Properties program started in 1995 to educate Iowans about the special buildings, sites, and structures that are slowly and gradually slipping away from us. Preservation Iowa designated 9 properties as the 2020 Most Endangered Properties and some of these properties have been highlighted in other preservation publications since their designation. In the… Read more »

Iowa Rural Electrification Documentary Wins 2020 History Day Top Honors

An Iowa team of high school students takes first place honors in the National History Day National Contest for Junior Group Documentary, “Rural Electrification: Breaking Barriers with the Flip of a Switch.” This documentary was created by Addision Naslund, Ben Philips, Hayden Wahlberg, Josie Jacobs and Lainey Schuknecht of Akron Westfield Middle School. Electricity was… Read more »

Winneshiek County Courthouse (Decorah)

2020 Preservation at Its Best: Public Project The 1904 Winneshiek County Courthouse is a Beax-Arts Classicism style building. The approximately 26,700 SF courthouse is a key contributing structure to the Broadway-Phelps Park Historic District listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The building remains relatively unaltered featuring ornate decorative plaster, art glass dome, terrazzo… Read more »

Simmons House (Ottumwa)

2020 Preservation at Its Best: Residential Simmons House was built between the years of 1899-1900 by F.W. Simmons and boasts 5013 square feet of living space. It was designed by New York architect F.R. Comstock and is the anchoring structure for the east end of the Fifth Street Bluff Historic District. When purchased by the… Read more »

Lemars Pictorial History (Lemars)

2020 Preservation at Its Best: Special Project The Le Mars Historic Preservation Commission used a variety of approaches to enhance awareness of local history in the years leading up to the city’s 150th anniversary in 2019. The focus was the publication of a hard cover pictorial history of Le Mars containing over 1800 images and… Read more »

Lauridsen Opera Center (Indianola)

2020 Preservation at Its Best: Adaptive Reuse As one of Iowa’s premier performing arts organizations, Des Moines Metro Opera (DMMO) embarked on a $3.5 million dollar campaign to restore and expand the National Register of Historic Places Carnegie Library they call home. The opera had maintained the building’s historic integrity. Working with OPN Architects created… Read more »

Jefferson Forge (Jefferson)

2020 Preservation at Its Best: Large Commercial An historic building in downtown Jefferson was chosen as the site for the new tenant. Working with architects, engineers, and the State Historical Preservation Society, the developer made plans to rehabilitate this 100+ year old building, which was formerly known as the Odd Fellows Building and features a… Read more »