Preservation Iowa’s programs recognize preservation efforts and concerns across the state and provide assistance to preservationists and entrepreneurs in their efforts to revitalize Iowa’s historic resources.
Preservation at Its Best Awards
Since 1996, Preservation has recognized exceptional preservation efforts across the state through our Preservation at Its Best Awards. Typically, the call for nominations is posted during the winter, the deadline is in the early spring, and awards are given as part of Preservation Month in May. Award categories include the best in residential, commercial, public, sustainability, adaptive use, and rural preservation, as well as special awards for community effort and individual preservationists.
Iowa’s Most Endangered Properties
Since 1995, Preservation has recognized the special buildings and historic sites that are slowly and gradually slipping away through our list of Iowa’s Most Endangered Properties. More than 140 properties have been identified through this initiative over the years. The call for nominations is posted during the fall and the new list is announced through the Preservation Iowa Facebook page, on this website, and in media outlets across the state. Through this exposure, we hope to bring resources to bear on saving and rehabilitating these historic buildings.