Thank you, Preserve Iowa Summit Exhibitors!

Thank you to the Exhibitors at the 2016 Preserve Iowa Summit in Davenport, Iowa! The Exhibit Hall will be available to Summit attendees on Friday, Sept. 16th from 8:00 AM to 3:30 PM. Below is a list of Exhibitors with a brief description of their products and services as well as contacts and websites for you to find out more!

Adams Architectural Millwork Co.

Working with architects and contractors to design and build truly custom, one-of-a-kind window and door units while continuing to replicate windows and doors for historical homes and buildings.

Contact: Chad Lueken

Address: 2255 Kerper Blvd., Dubuque IA 52001

Phone: (563) 557-8851



Allen Consulting Group

Ludowici Roof Tile is renowned by architects and builders for its historic tile reproduction, beauty, and durability.

Contact: Ryan Kinneberg

Address: 2641 Terrace Hill, Muscatine IA 52761

Phone: (800) 914-8667



Bovard Studio, Inc.

Full service stained glass studio restoring historic stained glass, restoring or replicating historic frames and installing protective glazing, utilizing patented ventilating system to ensure windows last another 100 years and beyond.

Contact: Mandy Ford, Administrative Assistant

Address: 2281 Business Hwy 34, Fairfield IA 52556

Phone: (641) 472-2824 x119

Estes Construction

Construction management with significant experience in historical restoration projects, working with clients as an advocate from concept to completion.

Contact: Jeffrey Hill

Address: 131 W. 2nd Street, Davenport IA 52801



Heritage Works

Heritage Works, a historic preservation nonprofit leveraging architectural heritage to drive community revitalization and economic development.

Contact: Duane P. Hagerty, President & CEO

Address: 210 West First Street, Dubuque IA 52001


Phone: (563) 564-4080


Iowa Architectural Foundation

Through its Community Design Program, IAF engages Iowa towns to visualize solutions for their design issues through the design charette process.

Contact: Claudia Cackler, Executive Director

Address: 400 Locust St # 100, Des Moines IA 50309


Phone: (515) 244-1888




Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs/ State Historic Preservation Office

The State Historic Preservation Office identifies, preserves, and protects Iowa’s historic and prehistoric resources. It also administers state and federal preservation programs, and maintains a survey and inventory of historic properties in Iowa.

Contact: Paula A. Mohr, Certified Local Government Coordinator

Address: 600 E Locust St., Des Moines IA 50309

Phone: (515) 281-6826



Iowa State University Historic Preservation Program

ISU’s developing, and interdisciplinary, Historic Preservation Program.

Contact: Diane Al Shihabi, Assistant Professor, Department of Interior Design


Phone: (515) 294-8393



Klingner & Associates Architectural Group

Full service firm offering architectural design, structural engineering, surveying, civil engineering, geotechnics and material testing, with extensive experience in historic preservation projects, CDBG facade grants, and historic preservation tax credits.

Contact: Stephanie R. Waples, Architectural Designer

Address: 610 N. 4th Street, Suite 100, Burlington IA 52601

Phone: (319) 752-3603



Preservation Iowa

Preservation Iowa, the state’s 501c3 for preservation advocacy, builds partnerships that enhance our economic and cultural future through the preservation of Iowa’s resources.

Contact: Caleb Giesel, Executive Director

Address: 401 Main Street, Suite 5, Keokuk, Iowa 52632

Phone: (319) 526-8474



Renaissance Roofing

Industry leader in the restoration, repair and preservation of historical roofing systems. We specialize in slate, clay tile, copper, and ornamental metals.

Contact: Brian Lockie

Address: 2231 Hawkey Drive, Belvidere IL 61008

Phone: (815) 547-1725



Restoration St. Louis

Historic restoration of commercial and residential buildings…here comes the neighborhood.

Contact: Chris Caskey-Dougherty, Vice President of Development

Address: 4240 Manchester Ave., St Louis, MO 63110

Phone: (314) 446-4559




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.

Nomination Deadline Extended to August 14! Click here for the nomination form

Nomination Deadline Extended to August 14! Click here for the nomination form

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 2016 Preserve Iowa Summit, to be held in Davenport, Iowa (more event details to come). Winning projects will receive awards from Preservation Iowa and highlighted on the Preservation Iowa website and Facebook pages with press releases to go out to each winning nominee’s community.


Nominated projects must have been completed within the geographic boundaries of Iowa and completed within a time frame extending from January 2014 and July 1, 2015. Incomplete projects will not be considered. Nominations can be made by/for individual owners, corporation, development groups, or organizations. Property owner(s) must be notified, before submission of property/project, so they can be notified of the nomination status.


Adaptive Use – Conversion of a historic structure for a new or compatible use while retaining its architectural integrity. This category could include a mixed use project.

Commercial (small and large) – Rehabilitation/restoration of a historic commercial structure. Commercial awards are given for both small structure (under 5,000 total square feet) and large structure (over 5,000 total square feet). This category could include a mixed use project.

Community Effort – A community’s concerted effort to save a historic structure, district or cultural resource. (Nominating groups could include, but are not limited to, downtown organizations, historic preservation commissions, city/county governments, development groups, neighborhood associations, preservation groups, etc.)

Preservationist Award – Individual or group that has championed historic preservation planning, policy or activities in Iowa.

Public Structure – Rehabilitation/restoration of a publicly/government owned structure.

Residential – Rehabilitation/restoration and continued use of a residential structure. Residential awards may be considered for single family homes or multiple family structures.

Rural Preservation – Preservation or restoration of Iowa rural landscape, heritage or built environment.

Sustainability in Preservation – Incorporation of sustainable practices into the rehabilitation/restoration of a historic structure. Project does not need to be LEED certified to be considered for award but nomination does need to demonstrate sustainable practices used in project. Award can be made to any typology of building project.


Preservation Iowa invites a jury of preservation experts to review nominations for the Preservation at Its Best Awards. This specialized panel of judges will also place nominations in their respective categories to give each project its highest scoring potential.

Projects will be judged on degree of historic preservation excellence, community impact, quality of work completed and thoroughness of the nomination submitted. Honorable mentions or multiple awards may be given if decided upon by the panel of judges.


One (1) nomination packet should be submitted for jurors’ review, and should include:

  • Completed nomination form
  • A typed narrative, no longer than 750 words, describing the project. The narrative should clearly address each of the following:
    • The beginning and ending date of the project.
    • Description of before condition and historic significance of the building. Include building’s square footage and building construction date
    • Description of work completed.
    • Project challenges and creative solutions.
    • The project’s long range impact on structure and the neighborhood/community.
    • Accomplishments or contributions (if individual or organizational award)
    • Description of project funding.
    • Other supporting information.
  • If the nomination is for an individual please include a short biography.
  • At least 4 and no more than 8 photographs documenting the project. (Including before and after images) Images may be submitted as:
    • High resolution digital images are preferred (.jpg or .tiff formats preferred). Digital images can be submitted by email.
    • Where necessary please include photo credits.


There are no nomination fees.


One (1) copy of the nomination packet described above should be submitted via email. Digital images and nominations may be emailed to For larger files, we recommend sending them to the Preservation Iowa DropBox account. Any additional questions may be directed to Caleb Giesel Executive Director at 319.526.8474.

EXTENDED DEADLINE: August 14, 2016

Submitted materials will not be returned. Submission to the Preservation at Its Best Awards provides Preservation Iowa permission to use materials in organization promotional materials.  

Preservation Iowa Newsletter – Spring 2016

President’s Greeting

This year has been in very important year for preservation in the State of Iowa. Many changes have been implemented by the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs specifically in the State Historic Preservation Office. Some of these changes have been welcome and represent major improvement over the previous practices. Among those Preservation Iowa has supported is the implementation of a pre-development meeting which helps the Department assess the viability of the project and its preparedness to proceed and therefore its eligibility for a commitment of historic tax credits from the state historic tax credit program.

The State historic hreservation tax credit program has also been under a tremendous stress in its handling by the Iowa Department of Revenue. Developers recently have found themselves facing changing rules and shifting sands with regard to expectations of the State historic tax credit program. While all of the parties involved with the State government have had the best of intentions, the result has created an uncertainty in the handling of state tax credits which does not encourage preservation of historic structures and does not encourage the use of the state historic tax credit by the development community.

Recently, legislation has passed both the House and the Senate which intends to clarify, and in some respects, simplify the State historic tax credit program, its rules, procedures and processes. Projects will still go through the standard Part 1 analysis and disposition, Part 1.5 preparedness meeting, Part 2 analysis and disposition, then there’s the formal registration of Part 2B, and lastly as Part 3 with the submission of qualified rehabilitation expenses (QREs) or costs.

As I understand the new legislation, this last phase will be handled by the Iowa Department of Economic Development as opposed to the Iowa Department Revenue. The preservation community needs to be aware of these changes and can still contribute to the legislative and rulemaking process by submitting comments for the new administrative rules and regulations attendant with the legislation just passed. For those of you who are interested in more details regarding the legislation it can be found at Senate file 2443.

Preservation Iowa will be watching the implementation of these new rules specifically as regards to funding of smaller projects and individual properties which need rehabilitation but may not be of great interest from and economic development perspective, -projects specifically including personal residences.

There have been a number of exciting examples of the implementation and use of historic preservation tax credits for the redevelopment of properties large and small throughout the State of Iowa. We are excited that the legislative bodies have embraced the program, continued to fund it at a significant level, and with this legislation have attempted to clarify and simplify the use of those credits. Please contact your Legislator and voice your support of this legislation and thank them for their support of preservation in the State of Iowa.

As this newsletter will indicate, Preservation Iowa continues in its role as an advocate for preservation throughout the State of Iowa. We are excited about the various projects that have been undertaken throughout the last twelve months and we are preparing already to recognize some of those projects through our Preservation at its Best Award at the annual Preservation Summit scheduled for this fall. Please keep an eye out for projects in your community which you think should be recognized by Preservation Iowa for their contribution to preservation in the State of Iowa.

Also, a special thank you goes out to Steve Wilke-Shapiro and to the committee who worked so diligently on the preparation of our new and improved website for Preservation Iowa. We know all of our members and many interested parties in the community will benefit greatly by having access to a much more thorough website with links to other interesting sites and we are excited that this is a linchpin of our outreach efforts in 2016 has been vastly improved.

2016 Preservation Showcase:
“Preserving Our History, Celebrating Our Best”

CEDAR RAPIDS, IA –The City of Cedar Rapids and the Historic Preservation Commission invite the community to participate in the 2016 Preservation Showcase on Saturday, May 7, from 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. in the MedQuarter district. Activities will include seminars, hands-on demonstrations, bus tours and the Preservation Award Ceremony at 6:00 p.m. to acknowledge the local efforts made by citizens and organizations in advancing historic preservation.
Saturday, May 7 Activities:

  • Preservation Seminars: Seminars may be eligible for continuing education credits. All seminars will take place at the Masonic Library, located at 813 1st Avenue SE
    • 9:00 a.m. Adaptive Re-Use of Historic Properties
    • 11:30 a.m. Using Historic Tax Credits to Rehabilitate Properties
    • 1:30 p.m. Green Historic Preservation:
  • Hands-on demonstration by restoration professionals to take place on the History Center’s lawn, located at 800 2nd Avenue SE. 2:45 p.m.
  • Bus Tours with Cedar Rapids’ Historian Mark Stoffer Hunter. Buses will depart in front of the History Center’s new location at 800 2nd Avenue SE.
    • 10:15 a.m. Repurposing Historic Buildings Bus Tour
    • 11:30 a.m. Houses on the Move Bus Tour
    • 2:45 p.m. Re-purposing Historic Buildings Bus Tour
    • 4:00 p.m. Houses on the Move Bus Tour
  • Kids Activities, including a scavenger hunt, a chalk the walk and coloring
  • Overalls All Over – Grant Wood Exhibition at the Grant Wood Studio
  • Learn about your past with “Who Do You Think You Are?” special event hosted by the Genealogical Society
  • Awards for Excellence in Preservation to take place at the Masonic Library, located at 813 1st Avenue SE.
    • Awards Reception, 5 p.m.
    • Awards Presentation, 6 p.m.
  • Preservation Awards: The highlight of the day’s activities will be the presentation of the Preservation Awards. In all, 13 awards will be presented to residents and organizations who are being recognized for historic preservation. Awards will be given out in the following categories:
    • Residential Rehabilitation in the 2nd & 3rd Ave Historic District
    • Residential Rehabilitation in the Redmond Park-Grand  Ave Historic District
    • Residential Paint Color Scheme in the 2nd & 3rd Ave Historic District
    • Residential Paint Color Scheme in the Redmond Park-Grand  Ave Historic District
    • Exterior Restoration for Residential
    • Exterior Restoration for Mixed-Use/Commercial
    • Adaptive Re-Use
    • Project Excellence
    • Stewardship

The May 7 celebration is part of the national efforts to spotlight grassroots preservation efforts during the month of May, which has been designated as National Preservation Month by the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Please visit the Cedar Rapids Historic Preservation Commission website for more information:

Preservation Success

Friends of Historic Preservation in Iowa City has been in the news lately with some preservation success stories and productive collaborations.

The first success was the salvage and reuse of historical materials from the University of Iowa’s Women’s Resource & Action Center, or WRAC. WRAC, previously housed in an 1890’s era Iowa City home, was recently demolished by the University to make green space. Before demolition, the University permitted Friends of Historic Preservation to salvage doors, windows and a beautiful hand-crafted stair railing. The salvaged materials were the same age and style as the Frankie House in Cedar Rapids. The Frankie House, an in-progress rehabilitation effort lead by Save CR Heritage, was able to reuse the salvaged materials. The collaboration between the University of Iowa, Friends of Historic Preservation and Save CR Heritage was a success in historic preservation collaboration. While preservation of historic buildings is always a primary objective, this next-best option kept valuable materials out of the landfill and helped restore a home.

The second success involves moving a Queen Anne-style home in Iowa City in order to prevent its demolition. The home, originally scheduled to be demolished for development, will be moved about two blocks from it’s current location into the College Green Historic District. The lot in the historic district became available when lightening destroyed an historic home on that spot late late year. The house that burned and the house to be moved are similar in size and style and the relocated house should contribute nicely to the established historic district. While the house was donated to Friends of Historic Preservation by the developer, the project–including purchasing the lot, pouring new foundations and moving–will cost the organization about $200,000. The money will come from a loan taken out, money saved up by the group, and donations from the community.

Secretary of the Interior’s Guidelines Review & Public Comment Deadline

The National Park Service is in the process of updating the Secretary of the Interior’s Guidelines for Preserving, Rehabilitating, Restoring & Reconstructing Historic Buildings. You have an opportunity to comment. The revised documents are at: When you go to this website, you’ll see the revised documents at the bottom of the page. Your comments must be submitted online, or by clicking the button below. The comment period deadline is April 29, 2016.

The updated guidelines follow the same outline and format as the prior version. The guidelines are meant to be general and do not address specific or case-specific technical issues. The text has been edited for better clarity, consistency, and readability. The main goal of the update was to ensure that that the guidelines are inclusive of 20th century building types, materials, systems and technologies — so the changes are mostly additive in nature. There is no change from the prior text in its approach to applying the Standards to individual materials, features and spaces.

State Nominations Review Committee June 2016 Meeting

The State Nominations Review Committee will hold their June 2016 meeting in Wilton, Iowa. At that meeting, the committee will consider nominations for a variety of properties including the Public School in Coggon, the Red Oak Downtown Historic District, and the Milwaukee and St. Paul Railway Combination Depot in Decorah. The meeting is open to the public and will be held at:Wilton City Hall104 East 4th Street. The meeting begins at 9:15am.  More information is available on the state website.

The 30th annual Iowa Downtown Conference
will be held August 2 – 4 in Mason City

The conference will include educational plenary and breakout sessions focusing on downtown revitalization, field sessions, tours, an exhibit hall and a number of networking activities.

The Iowa Downtown Conference is brought to you by the Iowa Economic Development Authority’s Iowa Downtown Resource Center, in partnership with Main Street Mason City and Visit Mason City.
Online registration and additional information is available at

Questions? 515.725.3075 or

2016 Preserve Iowa Summit

The Preserve Iowa Summit is the premier statewide annual conference for professionals and volunteers involved in historic preservation in Iowa. 2016 marks the 50th anniversary of the National Historic Preservation Act which has helped foster the strong preservation movement we enjoy today. Come to Davenport, Iowa to learn, celebrate, and network!

We are pleased to announce that our keynote speaker will be Greg Werkheiser of Preservation50.

Who should attend?

  • Historic property owners
  • Members of historic preservation commissions
  • Historic preservation, planning, interior design and architecture students
  • Main Street staff and board members
  • Preservation professionals, consultants and enthusiasts
  • Planning professionals
  • Local government officials
  • Community leaders and civic organizations
  • Architects
  • Citizens interested in their community’s quality of life

The Summit is a coordinated effort of the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs’ State Historic Preservation Office, the City of Davenport, the Davenport Historic Preservation Commission and Preservation Iowa. It is funded in part with Federal funds from the National Park Service, U. S. Department of the Interior.

For more information, contact Paula Mohr at .  Details will be posted at

Final Remarks

Preservation Iowa is proud to serve the statewide preservationists of Iowa. We are excited to offer business professionals a great way of marketing their historic business services through the new Preservation Iowa Business Directory. This summer will highlight some important events with the Iowa Main Street Conference, the Preserve Iowa Summit, preparation of the Preservation at its Best Nominations, and other preservation initiatives. Our organization would love to hear more from local Iowa preservation commissions and individuals to hear about your efforts and concerns during 2016. We are happy to partner with the preservation community, acknowledge, showcase, advocate, and equip preservation efforts from across Iowa. We appreciate you for being an important part of our preservation vision in Iowa.

Keep up the great work fellow Preservationist,

Kevin J. Kuckelman, President
Preservation Iowa

Seeking Everett Dodds Designed Homes

Everett Dodds Plan Booklet CoverOur 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 via mail order.

Here is a link to the write-up for the project and you can see a copy of Dodds’ house catalogue at :

If you think you have an example of a Dodds house in your town, please send a thumbnail photo of the home, its model name from Dodds’ book, and its full address to Jennifer Honebrink at

Already, a house has been identified in Woodbine, Iowa….appropriately called the “Woodbine”model!

Jennifer  will collect the findings and results will be posted in early June on the Preservation Association of Lincoln, Restoration Exchange Omaha, and Nebraska State Historical Society web sites.

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. Due to recent interpretations of the law by the Iowa Department of Revenue, new historic projects have been stalled and several projects that are in process have been put into jeopardy. The Iowa Legislature has long been a proponent of the Historic Tax Credit program and the House-passed bill helped ensure both the ongoing usability and integrity of the program. The Senate amendment, however, institutes a three-year recapture period if the investor (which is often a bank) participates in both state and federal tax credits on any particular project. The end result is that investors will likely purchase state credits or the federal credits, but not both, which increases legal costs for developers and reduces the fair market value of the credit to the state. The bill must now go back to the House where the Senate amendment will likely be accepted. The balance of the bill still contains favorable language as it relates to the Historic Tax Credit program but the Senate amendment makes the program more costly and less efficient for all participants.

Summary of HF 2443:

Inserts Economic Development Authority into Program:

  • Transfers administrative oversight of the financial portion of the historic preservation tax credits to Economic Development Authority. 

Clarification of Refundability and Carryforward:

  • This clarification is for a tax credit claimed by an eligible taxpayer or transferee for qualified rehabilitation projects with agreements entered into on or after July 1, 2014.
  • A taxpayer includes an eligible taxpayer or a person transferred a tax credit certificate pursuant to 404A.2(2A).
  • A credit in excess of taxpayers tax liability for the tax year may be refunded or credited to the taxpayers tax liability for the following 5 years or until depleted.

Inserts predictability at registration:

  • After registering the qualified rehabilitation project, the authority shall notify the eligible taxpayer of successful registration under the program within a period of time established by rule. 

Removes reference to audit from 404A.3(5) Examination and audit of project

Implementation date shifts from July 1, 2016 to August 15, 2016

  • This allows for the Department of Cultural Affairs to distribute reallocated credits that were not being used before the new rules are drafted.

Rewrites Recapture and Repayment Risk for Investors:  

  • If an eligible taxpayer receives a tax credit certificate by way of a Prohibited Activity the eligible taxpayer is liable for repayment of the tax credit.  
  • A transferee is subject to liability, revocation, and repayment if the transferee had implied notice or express notice of the prohibited activity or other claim or defense against the tax credits.
  • Includes Qualifying Transferee as a safe harbor and defines an associated transferee as an owner, member, shareholder or partner who owns and controls the eligible taxpayer and defines control for purposes of this definition.

SAVED: Egloff House, Mason City

The William Egloff House in Mason City was damaged in a flood and in danger of demolition

The William Egloff House in Mason City was damaged in a flood and in danger of demolition

Preservation Iowa’s 2012 Most Endangered Buildings: Egloff House (Mason City, Cerro Gordo County)

Update: August 2015, the house was moved to a new location, ready for rehabilitation.  More photos of the move here.

The Egloff House is associated with two of the more important families in the medical history of Mason City. Dr. William Egloff, the father of William C. Egloff who built the house, was born in Cedar Falls, Iowa in 1863 and moved to Mason City where he attended local schools until college and medical school. He later moved back to Mason City where he married Harriet Smith, the daughter of one of the community’s earliest physicians, Chauncy Smith. Egloff joined Smith’s practice. Their son, William C., was born in Mason City in 1901. It was he and his wife who built the Egloff House. William C followed father and grandfather into the medical profession, attending Rush Medical College of the University of Chicago. He later served at Harvard Medical School as a junior associate and was a Research Fellow in Medicine at Peter Bent Brigham Hospital in Boston, Mass. Like his father and grandfather, most of his career was spent in Mason City. His military service during the Second World War included being Chief of Cardiovascular Services of the 19th General Hospital in the European Theatre.

The Egloff House was built in 1939. The architect, Earle Richard Cone, was the brother-in-law of Dr. Egloff. It represents a style of architecture that became prominent in Europe during the 1920s which was influenced by the work of Frank Lloyd Wright and others of the Chicago School. European architects developed Art Deco, Art Moderne, and International Styles using many of the ideas of Wright and others. These styles eventually made their way to the United States in the 1930s. The survey of significant Mason City architecture, done in 1977, classes the Egloff House as “International Style.” A 1993 survey of significant Iowa buildings classes it as “Streamline Moderne.” Both of these styles share contemporary beginnings and components making them difficult to distinguish. Neither style was well known in the Midwest in the 1930s, making the Egloff House particularly unique. There are few remaining examples of this style of architecture in the state or country, and no other examples in Mason City. Dr. Egloff had his architect further influence this design style by personalizing the home with nautical details such as porthole windows, compass inlaid on the floor and fireplace designed to look like a ship’s boiler. Aside from having the first air conditioning system in Mason City, the Egloff House utilizes a support system of Sheffield Clay Tile, which was made locally at the now non-existent Brick and Tile Factory of Mason City. Some of the outstanding interior features include parquet wooden floors, grass cloth wall coverings, glass block windows, and brass lighting fixtures.

In June of 2008 the record flood hit Mason City. 65 structures were destroyed and over 1,000 others were damaged. Floodwaters inundated the Egloff house to a depth of 3 feet on the first floor. Although it is structurally stable, the electrical and HVAC systems were destroyed and there was extensive damage to the unique architectural features of the home. The property was deemed substantially damaged as the cost to repair flood damage exceeded 50% of building value. Rudimentary repairs were made and the first floor remains partially gutted. The owners reoccupied the second floor of the house and lived there until it was purchased by the City in December 2010. The property was purchased as part of a FEMA-funded acquisition and demolition program and remains in a mothballed condition as its future is being decided. The Hazard Mitigation Grant Program requires that the house and all structures be removed from the lot. It is the City’s goal to find a private party to move the house outside the flood plain and place it on the National Register.

Immediate threats to the building include vandalism and the threat of arson. The structure currently sits in a neighborhood of empty flood buyout houses and has the Winnebago River directly to its south. Due to the secluded nature of the area, there has been an increase in break-ins and vandalism, resulting in copper theft and damage to exterior architectural elements. There is a lack of financial resources to currently have ongoing upkeep or restoration, leaving the structure with inadequate maintenance in its present state. Most importantly, the Egloff House was purchased by the City of Mason City as part of a FEMA funded voluntary buyout program. As a condition of the program, deed restrictions state: “The property shall be dedicated and maintained in perpetuity as open space for the conservation of natural floodplain functions…” If the structure is not relocated outside the floodplain, the house will be documented, salvaged, and then demolished.

The current physical state of the Egloff House is structurally sound, with some signs of water damage in the walls, but no permanent damage to any structural members. As mentioned earlier, the extensive damage was to the architectural elements of the building’s first floor interior, as well as the electrical and HVAC systems. Although portions of the first floor interior have been removed, those architectural elements that remain are beginning to show signs of deterioration at an accelerated rate. There is noticeable cracking of the foundation, exterior stucco, and along the windows of the building.

Currently, the City of Mason City is awaiting completion of a relocation feasibility study for the house. A structural team has determined the house can be moved. Phase II of the study will explore available sites that will be evaluated against historic preservation criteria to ensure all options allow for eligibility for the National Register, as well as keeping the structure in its proper context.

The house has tremendous potential to be preserved as a private residence. The architecture is of a timeless style and has market appeal. On the other hand, selecting a site that allows for commercial use will keep the building open for a much wider range of adaptive reuse options. The City intends to seek proposals for relocation and reuse of the property.

Preservation Iowa’s Most Endangered Property program was started in 1995 and implemented to educate Iowans about the special buildings and historic sites that are slowly and gradually slipping away from us.  Since the initiative’s beginning, Preservation Iowa has designated over 140 of Iowa’s endangered sites, churches, homes, and commercial buildings.

The full list of Preservation Iowa’s 2012 Most Endangered Properties includes:


Every Kid in a Park

img-ook-small-kidHelp teach the next generation about our national natural and historic treasures!

To help engage and create our next generation of park visitors, supporters and advocates, the White House, in partnership with the Federal Land Management agencies, launched the Every Kid in a Park initiative. The immediate goal is to provide an opportunity for each and every 4th grade student across the country to experience their federal public lands and waters in person throughout the 2015-2016 school year.

Beginning September 1, 2015, all kids in the fourth grade have access to their own Every Kid in a Park pass at This pass provides free access to national parks, national forests, national wildlife refuges, and more!

The Every Kid in a Park pass is good for the 2015-2016 school year, until August 31, 2016. Information on obtaining the pass is available by visiting

State Historical Building Rehabilitation Report

The State of Iowa has released a report on proposed renovation of the State Historical Building in Des Moines.  Prepared by Neumann Monson Architects, the report proposes demolishing half of the existing building and completely renovating the remaining structure in order to “right size” the facility for long term sustainability.  Download the REPORT by clicking on the image below.

State Historical Building Renovation Predesign Report Cover

The State Historical Building of Iowa (SHB), located on the Capitol Complex in Des Moines, is home to the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs (DCA). The department is comprised of the Iowa Arts Council, Produce Iowa: State Office of Media Production (formerly the film office) and the State Historical Society of Iowa (which includes the State Historical Museum of Iowa, State Historical Research Centers, eight State Historic Sites and the State Historic Preservation Office). In addition to serving as the operational hub for the DCA, the most important role and function of the building is as the state’s flagship museum – a repository for 209 million pieces of Iowa’s history and a public institution serving all Iowans.

The current State Historical Building is at a critical juncture. The building and its systems no longer serve the needs of the DCA or its primary function as the state’s flagship museum. The department’s ability to serve as a cultural institution is in jeopardy due to building flaws, maintenance and oversized structure. Over the past three years, the DCA has undergone a thorough planning process to determine a renovation solution that will not only address the existing building issues but better enable the museum to preserve the collection, be the educational resource for Iowa history and connect Iowans to the people, places and points of pride that define our state.


The proposed solution for the State Historical Building Renovation will maximize the reuse of the existing infrastructure, while right-sizing the building to a square footage that is more manageable for the department within its given operating budget. The west portion of the building will be renovated to accommodate exhibit galleries, classrooms, collection storage and office functions, while the east portion of the building will be removed to create a new outdoor public space and allow for sightlines with spectacular views of the state Capitol. Programmatic functions currently on the east side will be moved to the west side, creating a better defined visitor experience and more efficient staff operations. The existing building is underutilized and therefore oversized at 234,000 square feet; the new plan at 155,000 square feet will be more functional, flexible and adaptable for the future.

CLG Grant Awards

News from the Department of Cultural Affairs: Almost $100,000 in grants were awarded to historic preservation projects across the state in January.  Grantees include physical preservation projects and preservation-oriented events.

One of the projects is the upcoming Preserve Iowa Summit.

Read more from the Dallas County News at

Preservation Stars of Madison County

1-Bu6Sem-CNMFzAhqhQ_3gRQState Architectural Historian (and Preservation Iowa advisor) Paula Mohr has written an article as part of a series commemorating the 50th anniversary of the National Historic Preservation Act.

Madison County, and the town of Winterset its county seat, are well-known as the birthplace of legendary film star John Wayne and as the bucolic setting for the book and movie The Bridges of Madison County.

Today, a constellation of bright preservation stars is hard at work to preserve the history of this remarkable community. The seven-member Madison County Historic Preservation Commission (a Certified Local Government since 1989) is currently headed up by chair Brenda Hollingsworth. Brenda and the other commission members enjoy the strong support of county and Winterset city officials. They are bringing energy, enthusiasm and determination to preserve not only the historic resources within the county but also the stories that make it a special place.

Read the whole piece here.