Tag: Preservation at Its Best

2016 Preservation at its Best Award Winners

Preservation Iowa 25-year old (1991) year old not-for profit organization committed to preservation advocacy across the entire state of Iowa. Our two most visible programs are Iowa’s Most Endangered and Preservation at its Best. These two programs work well together because being listed as Most Endangered oftentimes leads to awareness, a preservation effort and a high-quality,… Read more »

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. 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… Read more »

Union Block Building

2015 Preservation at its Best, Commercial Large: Union Block Building Built in 1861, the Union Block is a landmark structure on the Square in Mount Pleasant, Iowa. Union Block is a three story, 15,000 sf, building built in the Italianate architectural style with handsome arched windows, large brackets and front facing gable roof. Its character… Read more »

Bowery Street Grocery Store

2015 Preservation at its Best, Commercial Small: Bowery Street Grocery Store 518 Bowery Street is a tiny building: Measuring 18’ wide by 40’ deep it is the archetypical example of a small storefront built in 19th century Iowa. Simple in construction, small in scale, utilitarian in function, the building is a surviving example of a… Read more »

Clarinda Carnegie Art Museum

2015 Preservation at its Best, Adaptive Use: Clarinda Carnegie Art Museum Clarinda’s 1909 Carnegie Library was one of about (2500) libraries in the country funded by the Carnegie Foundation’s library program. The library—like so many in small Iowa towns—is locally significant for its educational, social and cultural contributions to the community. The classical revival style… Read more »