Category: News

Endangered: Central Battery Building, Waterloo

Preservation Iowa’s 2019 Most Endangered List: Central Battery Building, Waterloo, Black Hawk County The Central Battery Building at 217-221 West 5th Street is one of the few office over retail structures left on Waterloo’s west side. The Arts and Craft style building was built in 1912 and is unusual for its use of white and… Read more »

Endangered: Preston’s Station Historic District, Belle Plaine

Preservation Iowa’s 2019 Most Endangered List: Preston’s Station Historic District, Belle Plaine (Benton County) Preston’s Station Historic District is comprised of a gas station, garage, and motel which sit along the old Lincoln Highway, the nation’s first transcontinental highway. The filling station built in 1912 was purchased by G. W. Preston in 1923 and moved… Read more »

Endangered: St. Patrick Church, Council Bluffs

Preservation Iowa’s 2019 Most Endangered List: St. Patrick Church, Council Bluffs (Pottawattamie County) St. Patrick’s parish was organized in 1924 with the purpose of serving the growing Catholic community in northeast Council Bluffs as well as those who worked at Mercy Hospital nearby. Construction of the English Gothic style church was completed in 1926. The… Read more »

Endangered: Wetmore Building, Sioux City

Preservation Iowa’s 2019 Most Endangered List: Wetmore Building, Sioux City (Woodbury County) Built between 1916 and 1918, the three-story structure at 615 Douglas Street was designed as a motor-mart for automobile dealership owner Harry A. Wetmore. The Wetmore Automobile Agency sold Chalmers and Saxon automobiles as well as Waterloo Boy farm tractors. Wetmore began manufacturing… Read more »

Endangered: C. C. Wolf Mansion, Parkersburg

Preservation Iowa’s 2019 Most Endangered List: C. C. Wolf Mansion, Parkersburg (Butler County) The C.C. Wolf Mansion at 401 5th Street was built in 1895 for local banker and land speculator Charles C. Wolf and his wife Mary. Designed by architect Harry E. Netcott of Independence, this grand Richardsonian Romanesque style home sported copper gutters,… Read more »

Endangered: Marshalltown Historic District, Marshalltown

Preservation Iowa’s 2019 Most Endangered List: Marshalltown Downtown Historic District, Marshalltown (Marshall County) The Marshalltown Downtown Historic District encompasses the 200 block of East Main to 100 block of West Main, and side streets from 3rd Street to 3rd Avenue from Church Street to State Street. The historic district was placed on the National Register… Read more »

Quarterly Preservation Iowa Newsletter – Winter 2018

Thanks to Josh Moe for his remarkable leadership as Preservation Iowa President and Laura Sadowsky for her tireless work as Preservation Iowa Secretary. Their service to PI has been tremendous. Read all about Preservation Iowa’s work across the state (and even an advocacy trip to Washington DC!  We look forward to new challenges and continued… Read more »

Preservation Action: Advocacy Update

Preservation Action is a 501(c)4 nonprofit organization created in 1974 to serve as the national grassroots lobby for historic preservation. Preservation Action seeks to make historic preservation a national priority by advocating to all branches of the federal government for sound preservation policy and programs through a grassroots constituency empowered with information and training and through direct contact with elected representatives. Preservation Iowa is a member… Read more »

Most Endangered Property Update – Red Bridge, Jasper County

In 2017 Preservation Iowa designated Red Bridge as an Iowa Most Endangered property. Since then a Save Red Bridge movement has formed. The endangered designation catalyzed citizens of Jasper County to petition the Board of Supervisors not to demolish it. Although the Board has yet to support the project financially, they have not obstructed efforts… Read more »

2018 in Review

As 2018 comes to a close, Preservation Iowa wants to thank all its members for a great year and to reflect upon our shared successes. Preservation Iowa sent board members to Le Mars to teach Preservation 101 classes and to Des Moines and Washington, DC to advocate for preservation-friendly policy. PI was a sponsor for… Read more »