Tag: Cedar Rapids

2018 Martha Hayes Award

Preservation at its Best 2018, Martha Hayes Award: Ruth Ann Van Donselar (Individual), Save Cedar Rapids Heritage (Group) This year, judges selected an individual and group for the Martha Hayes Preservationist of the Year award. Both have tenacity and both are deserving, but each earned this award using different methods.  Individual – Ruth Ann Van Donselar Ruth Ann attended… Read more »

Frankie House

Preservation at its Best 2017, Community Effort: Frankie House (Cedar Rapids) A Bohemian immigrant home destined for the landfill became a labor of love for Save Cedar Rapids Heritage, a young non-profit organization that works to preserve historic buildings through awareness and action. Built in 1894 by John Kuba, a Bohemian immigrant and railroad employee,… Read more »

Tax Credits Spur Investment in Projects Across Iowa

The Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs announced that more than $32 million in historic preservation tax credits have been registered for 14 different projects in eight communities across the state for fiscal years 2016 and 2017. The State Historic Preservation and Cultural & Entertainment District Tax Credit program provides an income tax credit of up… 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 »

Endangered: Knutson Building

Preservation Iowa’s 2016 Most Endangered Buildings: Knutson Building (Cedar Rapids, Linn County) The Knutson Building is one of the two oldest commercial buildings on the west side of Cedar Rapids. Just 2 percent of the building stock remains standing from that era.  The building was constructed with local materials and was designed by local architect William… Read more »