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National Fund for Sacred Places 2017 Round

The National Fund for Sacred Places is a program of Partners for Sacred Places in collaboration with the National Trust for Historic Preservation. The National Fund is guided by an Advisory Committee, bringing together faith leaders, architects, and philanthropists from across the country to inform the grant-making process. The Fund provides Grants for the planning… Read more »

Call for Session Presenters – Preserve Iowa Summit 2017

The Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs/State Historic Preservation Office and the Fort Dodge Historic Preservation Commission will present the fifth annual Preserve Iowa Summit June 8-10, 2017 in Fort Dodge, Iowa. The Preserve Iowa Summit is the state’s premier conference for professionals and volunteers involved in historic preservation in Iowa. General sessions, concurrent breakout sessions… Read more »

Mini Grant Applications Due Nov 18

Preservation Iowa is proud 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 take action to preserve, protect, and promote historic resources. We are delighted at this time to engage with interested parties in applying for the first round of the… Read more »

2017 Most Endangered Properties Nominations Open

  Nomination Guidelines To submit a nomination to the Most Endangered Properties Program, please e-mail completed Nomination Forms in Word, images, letters of support, etc. to lajjchs@juno.com. Please use “Most Endangered Properties Nomination” in the e-mail subject line. For larger image files, we recommend sending them to the Preservation Iowa Drop Box account. Questions may be directed to Leigh… Read more »

2016 Preservation at Its Best Nominations

The deadline for nominations for the 2016 Preservation at its Best Awards has been extended until Sunday, August 14th, at midnight. 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 take action to preserve, protect, and promote… Read more »

Seeking Everett Dodds Designed Homes

Our neighbors to the west are looking for some help in identifying houses designed by an Omaha architect Everett Dodds and they need your help!  Dodds published house plans in the Omaha Bee and the Omaha World Herald.  Around 1914 he had the Murphy Calendar Company in Red Oak, Iowa publish a catalogue of his house plans available for purchase… Read more »

Historic Tax Credit Changes Pass IA House

Historic Tax Credit bill passes House [Updated: 4/22/2016] Info below from the Iowa Bankers Association, weekly update: Historic tax credit bill passes Iowa Senate committee HF 2443 passed the Iowa Senate week with an unfavorable amendment. The bill helps deal with several Department of Economic Development programs including important changes to the Historic Tax Credit program…. Read more »

Endangered: Troy Academy Built in 1850

Preservation Iowa’s 2016 Most Endangered Buildings: Troy Academy (Troy, Davis County) Troy Academy was one of the first academies in Iowa when it was constructed in 1850. Clarence Ray Aurner, who published “History in Education in Iowa in 1915” indicates that Troy was probably the first private school to assume the name “Normal”. This perhaps reflected an effort by… Read more »

Endangered: Herring Hotel, Belle Plaine

Preservation Iowa’s 2016 Most Endangered Buildings: Herring Hotel (Belle Plaine, Benton Co.) The Herring Hotel was built in 1900 and expanded to 3 stories in 1912. An addition was added in 1922. It was listed on the National Register in 2008. Dubbed as “The Swellest Little Hotel in Iowa” it was popular for both prominent and common guests…. Read more »

Endangered: Beyer Building on 4th Avenue, Grinnell

Preservation Iowa’s 2016 Most Endangered Buildings: #6 Beyer Building on 4th Avenue (Grinnell, Poweshiek County) The Beyer building which resides along 4th Avenue and Broad Street carries a long history of banking and commercial draw. In 1881 Charles Beyer began banking in Grinnell. By 1883-1884 when the Beyer building was built, Beyer had created C.W.H. Beyer & Co…. Read more »