Category: Most Endangered

Endangered: Hampton Church of Christ, Hampton

Preservation Iowa’s 2017 Most Endangered Buildings: Hampton Church of Christ, Hampton (Franklin County) The construction of this church began in 1916 to replace an 1893 building which the congregation had since outgrown. On November 11, 1916, a fire broke out in the nearly completed church. With flames pouring over the roof, the fire alarm sounded… Read more »

Endangered: Mandalay Mansion, Cedar Falls

Preservation Iowa’s 2017 Most Endangered Buildings: Mandalay Mansion, Cedar Falls (Black Hawk County) 1603 Mandalay Dr., Cedar Falls was built in what was the town of Cedar Heights. Cedar Heights was between Cedar Falls and Waterloo and was developed in the early 20th century by William Galloway. Many industrialists in the area and built their… Read more »

Endangered: Apollo School, Burlington

Preservation Iowa’s 2017 Most Endangered Buildings: Apollo School (Burlington High School), Burlington, Des Moines County The three-story Classic Revival school has 203,235 square feet of space and sits atop the west hill bluff overlooking downtown Burlington. Thousands of Burlingtonians were educated in the structure during its long life as a school first the city’s primary… Read more »

Endangered: Exchange Block, Chariton

Preservation Iowa’s 2017 Most Endangered Buildings: Exchange Block, Chariton (Lucas County) The threatened structure constitutes the south half of the double-front Exchange Block, brick above a stone foundation, that was constructed on the west side of the Chariton town square during 1883 to replace two of five frame buildings destroyed in a December 1882 fire…. Read more »

Endangered: Stone Schoolhouse, Lansing

Preservation Iowa’s 2017 Most Endangered Buildings: Stone Schoolhouse, Lansing (Allamakee County) The Stone Schoolhouse was built in 1863 and cost $5,000 to build. It operated as a school until 1973 and is reportedly the oldest schoolhouse that was in continual use west of the Mississippi. Its architectural style and building materials are emblematic of the… Read more »

Endangered: Wade & Donohoe Buildings, Cherokee

Preservation Iowa’s 2017 Most Endangered Buildings: Wade & Donohoe Buildings, Mental Health Institute (Cherokee County) The Wade and Donohoe “cottages” are ancillary buildings to the “Cherokee State Hospital,” now known as the Cherokee Mental Health Institute (CMHI). Completed in 1902, the CMHI was the last of four regional mental health facilities in Iowa and was… 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 »

Herring Hotel Update

2016 Most Endangered Property Designee Update Herring Hotel, Belle Plaine Submitted by Kristine Pope, Herring Hotel Building Alliance (HHBA) The last year (really two) have been a huge success for the Herring Hotel project. Little work has been done to the structure, yet we feel confident that this will be changing very soon. Through educational… Read more »

2017 Most Endangered Properties Nominations Open

  Nomination Guidelines To submit a nomination to the Most Endangered Properties Program, please e-mail completed Nomination Forms in Word, images, letters of support, etc. to Please use “Most Endangered Properties Nomination” in the e-mail subject line. For larger image files, we recommend sending them to the Preservation Iowa Drop Box account. Questions may be directed to Leigh… Read more »

SAVED: Egloff House, Mason City

Preservation Iowa’s 2012 Most Endangered Buildings: Egloff House (Mason City, Cerro Gordo County) Update: August 2015, the house was moved to a new location, ready for rehabilitation.  More photos of the move here. The Egloff House is associated with two of the more important families in the medical history of Mason City. Dr. William Egloff,… Read more »