Category: Preservation at Its Best

Preservation at its Best 2017 Call for Nominations

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 historic resources. Project awards will be presented at the 2017 Preserve Iowa Summit, to be held in… Read more »

Mott Lofts

2016 Preservation at its Best, Sustainability in Preservation: Mott Lofts Originally the Iowa Wind Mill & Pump Company, the building was constructed in 1902 as part of a larger industrial/commercial complex. The company eventually closed its doors in 1951 and the building gradually became the only remaining of the original complex. Linn County purchased the… Read more »

Worth Brewing Company

2016 Preservation at its Best, Rural Preservation: Worth Brewing Company Northwood—a town with about 2000 residents—had problem that many small towns in rural Iowa face—a vacant building in the historic downtown. In this case, it was The Oddfellows-Erickson building. This two-story brick structure in the Italianate style was designed by J.L. Rood of St. Paul,… Read more »

Polk County Courthouse

2016 Preservation at its Best, Public Building: Polk County Courthouse Designed by the Des Moines-based architectural firm of Proudfoot & Bird, the current Polk County courthouse was built in 1906. Constructed for $750,000 on the site of its 1858 predecessor, the Beaux-Arts style courthouse was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1979…. Read more »

The Randolph

2016 Preservation at its Best, Residential: The Randolph The Randolph—previously the Hotel Randolph—combines three historic buildings into one complex. The three buildings—dating back to 1876, 1896 and 1912—had been combined into one hotel with 101 tiny units. Though it was one hotel, the three buildings were different both in their style and in their construction…. Read more »

Grand Mound Fire Station

2016 Preservation at its Best, Community Effort: Grand Mound Fire Station In 2008, the Clinton County Historic Preservation Commission and the Grand Mound town council started working together to save the only wood frame fire stations in the state. The 1892 building was used as a fire station for decades until the town constructed a… Read more »

American Enterprise Group

2016 Preservation at its Best, Large Commercial: American Enterprise Group The American Republic Insurance Company building is an 8-story building located on the northeast corner of Sixth Avenue and Watson Powell Jr. Way in Des Moines. Designed in 1965 by one of Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP’s legendary principal architects, Gordon Bunshaft. The American Republic… Read more »

State Theatre

2016 Preservation at its Best, Small Commercial: State Theatre The State Theatre—originally called the New Graham—opened in 1893. The theatre holds the Guinness World Record as the oldest continuously operating cinema theatre, having been in operation since May 14, 1897. The rehabilitation included removal of the blonde street level brick and exposing the original arcade… Read more »

Walden Block

2016 Preservation at its Best, Small Commercial: Walden Block This project involved four discreet historic buildings in downtown Waterloo. The buildings, built between 1880’s and 1950s, displayed the transitions of Waterloo from the 1880’s through the art deco period of the 1930’s and into the growth of the 1950’s. It is a visual architectural history… Read more »

Cedar Falls Old Post Office

2016 Preservation at its Best, Adaptive Reuse: Cedar Falls Old Post Office The former Cedar Falls Post Office was built in 1918 as the first federal building in the city. This NeoClassical building was part of a nation-wide movement to standardize the size and design of federal buildings. The 4200 sf building served as the… Read more »