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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 lajjchs@juno.com. 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 »

Seeking Everett Dodds Designed Homes

Our neighbors to the west are looking for some help in identifying houses designed by an Omaha architect Everett Dodds and they need your help!  Dodds published house plans in the Omaha Bee and the Omaha World Herald.  Around 1914 he had the Murphy Calendar Company in Red Oak, Iowa publish a catalogue of his house plans available for purchase… Read more »

Historic Tax Credit Changes Pass IA House

Historic Tax Credit bill passes House [Updated: 4/22/2016] Info below from the Iowa Bankers Association, weekly update: Historic tax credit bill passes Iowa Senate committee HF 2443 passed the Iowa Senate week with an unfavorable amendment. The bill helps deal with several Department of Economic Development programs including important changes to the Historic Tax Credit program…. Read more »

Endangered: Troy Academy Built in 1850

Preservation Iowa’s 2016 Most Endangered Buildings: Troy Academy (Troy, Davis County) Troy Academy was one of the first academies in Iowa when it was constructed in 1850. Clarence Ray Aurner, who published “History in Education in Iowa in 1915” indicates that Troy was probably the first private school to assume the name “Normal”. This perhaps reflected an effort by… Read more »

Endangered: Herring Hotel, Belle Plaine

Preservation Iowa’s 2016 Most Endangered Buildings: Herring Hotel (Belle Plaine, Benton Co.) The Herring Hotel was built in 1900 and expanded to 3 stories in 1912. An addition was added in 1922. It was listed on the National Register in 2008. Dubbed as “The Swellest Little Hotel in Iowa” it was popular for both prominent and common guests…. Read more »

Endangered: Beyer Building on 4th Avenue, Grinnell

Preservation Iowa’s 2016 Most Endangered Buildings: #6 Beyer Building on 4th Avenue (Grinnell, Poweshiek County) The Beyer building which resides along 4th Avenue and Broad Street carries a long history of banking and commercial draw. In 1881 Charles Beyer began banking in Grinnell. By 1883-1884 when the Beyer building was built, Beyer had created C.W.H. Beyer & Co…. Read more »

Endangered: First Baptist Church, Grundy Center

Preservation Iowa’s 2016 Most Endangered Buildings: First Baptist Church (Grundy Center, Grundy County) The First Baptist Church was built in 1918. The building was a grand statement to the First Baptist Church community, which had lost its previous church building to a fire on December 20, 1917. Within 13 months this structure was built and in use without… Read more »

Des Moines “Most Endangered” Buildings

The Des Moines Rehabbers Club has resurrected its annual “Most Endangered Buildings” list.  Focused on highlighting significant Des Moines buildings in danger of demolition or neglect, this year’s list includes gathering places for the community, centers of entertainment, family homes that have housed important figures… these places matter. And some of them are in danger…. Read more »