Endangered Double House for Lease; Open to Public April 10-11

Posted by mw on April 2nd, 2010 2:32 pm

DES MOINES— The owners of a 102-year-old double house on Ingersoll Avenue in Des Moines want to preserve the historic home and are seeking an interested party to lease the property.

Greenwood Park, LLC, on behalf of the Plymouth Church Foundation, invites the public and interested property management parties to tour the Stockdale Double House at 4018 Ingersoll Avenue. Open houses will be Saturday, April 10, 2010 from 3-4:30 p.m. and Sunday, April 11, 2010 from about 10-11 a.m. and 12-1 p.m. Representatives of the owners will be present to answer questions during the open houses. Individuals wishing to tour the house will be required to sign a liability waiver before access to the property will be granted.

In October 2009, the Des Moines Rehabbers Club named the Stockdale Double House to its annual list of Most Endangered Buildings. At the time, the owners intended to demolish the historic home. Those plans were put on hold, however, when a group of neighborhood residents, Plymouth Church members, and local preservationists worked with the owners to look at options for saving this unique building.

“While the Des Moines Rehabbers Club still considers this building endangered, experience has shown us that open lines of communication can sometimes lead to creative solutions,” said Des Moines Rehabbers Club organizer Steve Wilke-Shapiro.

Already deemed eligible for the National Register of Historic Places, the double house building may qualify for State Historic Preservation Tax Credits of up to 25 percent of the cost of renovation.

The Stockdale Double House is named for its builders, Dr. Benjamin A. and Frances R. Stockdale. It was constructed during a time spanning the late 19th century and early 20th century when double houses were emerging in Des Moines. The double house also has a familiar architectural form that follows the Arts and Crafts movement of the time period, as well as the Prairie School style of architecture popularized by Frank Lloyd Wright.

The Des Moines Rehabbers Club supports neighborhood revitalization, renovation and preservation of Des Moines’ unique buildings by providing information, education, and inspiration. For more information contact Steve Wilke-Shapiro, 515-710-3484, steve@renovatedsm.com.

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