Category: News

2021 Iowa Country School Preservation Conference – Oct 8 & 9

Iowa Rural Schools Museum

Go West, October 2021!  21st Iowa Country School Preservation Conference in Sac County. More information and registration available at Held at the Odebolt Community Center, 116 East 2nd Avenue, Odebolt, IA October 8 & 9, 2021

Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs awards Rural Revitalization Grants

The Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs today announced $600,000 in grants for historic preservation projects in or near Creston, Decorah, Elkader, Keokuk and Muscatine. Iowa’s Rural Heritage Revitalization Grants will help rural communities preserve their history and foster economic development through the preservation of historic properties. The grants are funded by the U.S. Department of… Read more »

Notes on Iowa

PI Board member Kevin Mason is undertaking a unique project to document and communicate Iowa History! Check out his progress at   “The history of the American Midwest, and Iowa specifically, constitute my primary research focus. You can read more about why I have chosen to undertake the ‘Notes on Iowa’ project under the… Read more »

Rep. Axne Introduces Legislation to Protect Iowa’s Only National Heritage Area

Rep. Cindy Axne (IA-03) introduced the Protecting the Silos and Smokestacks National Heritage Area Act to ensure Iowa’s only National Heritage Area is preserved by extending the authorization for funding and eliminating the federal funding cap. “Through over a hundred sites in Iowa, the Silos and Smokestacks National Heritage Area showcases our state’s deep connection with agriculture and… Read more »

2021 Preservation at Its Best Nomination Form

Call for Nominations: 2021 Preservation at Its Best Awards EMAIL DEADLINE: Thursday, April 15, 2021   PROJECT REQUIREMENTS DOWNLOAD (pdf) NOMINATION FORM DOWNLOAD (pdf) 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… Read more »

RFP for Redevelopment of Burlington Elks Building

Excellent historic rehabilitation opportunity for an experienced developer! The Elks Building was constructed in 1883 as a 3-story building to house the post office and office space. It was expanded with a 4th story in 1907 along with renovations to the 3rd story to house the Elks Lodge. The building was bought by the Burlington… Read more »

2021 Most Endangered Properties – Call for Nominations

The Most Endangered Properties program started in 1995 to educate Iowans about the special buildings, sites, and structures that are slowly and gradually slipping away from us. Preservation Iowa designated 9 properties as the 2020 Most Endangered Properties and some of these properties have been highlighted in other preservation publications since their designation. In the… Read more »

Iowa Rural Electrification Documentary Wins 2020 History Day Top Honors

An Iowa team of high school students takes first place honors in the National History Day National Contest for Junior Group Documentary, “Rural Electrification: Breaking Barriers with the Flip of a Switch.” This documentary was created by Addision Naslund, Ben Philips, Hayden Wahlberg, Josie Jacobs and Lainey Schuknecht of Akron Westfield Middle School. Electricity was… Read more »

Winneshiek County Courthouse (Decorah)

2020 Preservation at Its Best: Public Project The 1904 Winneshiek County Courthouse is a Beax-Arts Classicism style building. The approximately 26,700 SF courthouse is a key contributing structure to the Broadway-Phelps Park Historic District listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The building remains relatively unaltered featuring ornate decorative plaster, art glass dome, terrazzo… Read more »

Simmons House (Ottumwa)

2020 Preservation at Its Best: Residential Simmons House was built between the years of 1899-1900 by F.W. Simmons and boasts 5013 square feet of living space. It was designed by New York architect F.R. Comstock and is the anchoring structure for the east end of the Fifth Street Bluff Historic District. When purchased by the… Read more »