Tag: restoration

State of Iowa Capitol Dome Restoration (Des Moines)

Close-up view of restored State of Iowa Capitol Building dome

2019 Preservation at its Best: Public Structure The iconic gold dome of the Iowa State Capitol has been one of the state’s most recognizable landmarks for more than 130 years. Over the course of its history, significant deterioration threatened the dome’s integrity. With funding from the Iowa Legislature, OPN Architects guided a project that involved… Read more »

Catholic Pastoral Center

Preservation at its Best 2018, Sustainability: Catholic Pastoral Center (Des Moines) After a nationwide search, Home Federal Savings & Loan leaders selected the modernist master architect, Mies van der Rohe to design the their bank. Mies’ 1962 design for the Home Federal building sets it back from the busy street corner to create a granite-paved open plaza. The tinted glass curtain wall suspends on black steel columns over a… Read more »

Tornado Spurs McGregor City Hall Facade Restoration

Contributed by Duane Boelman, Deputy City Clerk and Economic Development Director at the City of McGregor.  The McGregor City Hall was constructed in 1917 as a Christian Science Church.  After the church closed in the 1970s, it served as a private residence, doctor’s office, and a Masonic Lodge before becoming the McGregor City Hall in… Read more »

Reverend John Todd House

Preservation at its Best 2017, Rural Preservation: Reverend John Todd House (Tabor) While many other entities did important work on this preservation project, it was the Tabor Historical Society leadership team that solicited local funds, answered community members’ daily questions about the schedule, and continued to operate the museum through the years-long process of fundraising, planning, and implementing the project.  They exemplify what… Read more »