Iowa's Most Endangered Properties

2008 Entries

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Note: In 2009 and 2010, the Most Endangered Properties were combined into a single 2010 list.

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2008 Most Endangered Properties

Gruwell and Crew General Store

West Branch, Cedar County

The wood-frame Gruwell and Crew building is one of the older storefronts remaining along West Main Street. It was built shortly after the land was deeded from the Friends Church in 1894. It was constructed by two prominent West Branch businessmen, ... Property details

Len Jus Building

Mason City, Cerro Gordo County

The Len Jus building was built circa 1882 at the north end of main street Mason City. A trolley ran down the center of main street of the bustling business district. The facade features a sheet-metal facade and components manufactured by ... Property details

Masonic Building (Burrows Block--Bank Block)

Osceola, Clarke County

This building is a major three-story landmark on the Osceola public square. It anchors the northeast corner of the historic downtown area. It was commissioned by banker A.H. Burrows in 1872, and built by O.J. King, who is thought ... Property details

Union Block Building

Mount Pleasant, Henry County

The Union Block was constructed in 1861 by William McCandless. It holds a commanding presence on the north side of the square in historic Mount Pleasant, taking up one quarter of a block. The Union Block was built as a double ... Property details

Fort Madison Archaeological Site

Fort Madison, Lee County

Fort Madison, 1808-1813, is one of the most significant historic sites in Iowa. It was the first U.S. Military post in the Upper Mississippi, the first U.S. sponsored trading post, and the scene of the only War of 1812 ... Property details

Faeth Orchards--Faeth Farmstead Historic District

Fort Madison, Lee County

The Faeth Orchards was founded in 1832 by Jacob and Elizabeth Faeth, immigrants from Alsdorf and Speyer in the Rhineland of Germany. The family settled on a large piece of land west of Fort Madison on top of the river bluff. ... Property details

Grant Wood Home

Cedar Rapids, Linn County

This is the house in which Grant Wood spent his childhood years. His mother bought the house after she became a widow. Wood's life and work are deeply rooted in this neighborhood of Cedar Rapids, home of many of his ... Property details

Bethel African Methodist Church

Cedar Rapids, Linn County

This brick building replaced an earlier frame church on the same site that had stood here since 1872. The Ely family originally donated the land to Cedar Rapid's African American community to assist in strengthening the group among Cedar Rapids' many ... Property details

Flooded Historic Neighborhoods

Cedar Rapids, Linn County

In the late 1830s, Cedar Rapids was settled along the Red Cedar River. The early European immigrants harnessed the power of the Red Cedar as early as 1842, leading to industry, business, and residential development on both the east and west ... Property details