Tag: historic

Study: Historic Tax Credit program is an Economic Driver for Iowa

Preservation promotes prosperity in communities across Iowa, according to a recently released economic impact study commissioned by Smart Growth Development – an Iowa bi-partisan non-profit coalition which advocates for policies promoting smart growth practices and historic rehabilitation. Heritage Works, a Dubuque-based nonprofit organization, specializing as a comprehensive resource for those engaged in preservation and redevelopment… Read more »

Section 5.1: Print and Online Resources

Find Your Preservation Story – Researching Preservation Stories Like any archaeologist or newspaper reporter, you’ve got to do some digging to uncover a story. While it’s possible that you might get your hands dirty in the process, you might also start with what’s readily available in special collections, on the internet, or even by oral… Read more »

Section 4.4: Research Guide

Find Your Preservation Story – “Tracing the Clues” Workbook Like any detective, to uncover a story you’ve got to search for clues.  A good place to start is with what you can see and know on the surface. Trace your first clues by filling in the blanks below and consult the Glossary or Resources Guides… Read more »

Section 4.3: Glossary of Preservation Terms

Find Your Preservation Story – Glossary of Preservation Terms If you’re new to preservation, the lingo can be quite confusing. Here’s a helpful breakdown of preservation terminology from the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Designation—Act of identifying historic structures and districts subject to regulation in historic preservation ordinances or other preservation laws.  Please note that… Read more »

Green & Main

Preservation at its Best 2017, Commercial Small: Green & Main (Des Moines) The Northwest corner of 19th and Center Streets in the Sherman Hill Historic District has a history of mixed residential and commercial usage. Formerly known as the H&H Grocery Store, the two-story brick building contributed to the neighborhood’s designation as a National Historic… Read more »

Roosevelt School (Clinton)

2017 Preservation at its Best, Adaptive Reuse: Roosevelt School (Clinton) Constructed in 1888, the Clinton High School and Public Library (“Roosevelt School”) represented a landmark early investment in the burgeoning lumber center’s prosperity and commitment to education. It served the community for over a century as high school until 1922, an elementary school until 1974,… Read more »

Endangered: Iowa State Penitentiary (2nd year)

Preservation Iowa’s 2017 Most Endangered Buildings: Iowa State Penitentiary (Fort Madison, Lee County) The earliest portion of the Iowa State Penitentiary was constructed in ca. 1839 when Iowa was only a territory, with the Iowa State Penitentiary acting as a territorial prison most of a decade prior to Iowa’s statehood. The institution was potentially the… 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 »

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 »

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 »