Cedar Rapids considers code violations to historic Knutson Building, days before proposal deadline

The City Council rejected bids Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2015, to redevelop the Knutson Building, but will allow new bids to be submitted. (photo/Cindy Hadish)

Cedar Rapids may issue code violations for the Knutson Building, which the city has owned since 2012. (photo/Cindy Hadish)

By Cindy Hadish/Save CR Heritage

Just days before proposals are due for redeveloping one of the oldest commercial structures in Cedar Rapids, the city has thrown another wrench in plans to save the Knutson Building.

A memo issued by John Riggs, manager of the city’s Building Services Department, notes that the roof is leaking, causing deterioration throughout the structure, located along the Cedar River at 525 Valor Way SW. Continue reading

Proposed Cedar Rapids flood control system puts historic riverfront buildings at risk

The current alignment  places the historic Hubbard Ice complex in Cedar Rapids on the wet side of flood protection. (photo/Cindy Hadish)

The current alignment places the historic Hubbard Ice complex in Cedar Rapids on the wet side of flood protection. (photo/Cindy Hadish)

By Cindy Hadish/Save CR Heritage

CEDAR RAPIDS – Members of Save Cedar Rapids Heritage are concerned that the alignment of the city’s flood protection system could eliminate more historic buildings.

Already, over 1,200 homes and businesses have been demolished in the wake of the 2008 flood in Cedar Rapids, so advocates hope to save what little remains of the city’s historic riverfront properties. Continue reading

Historical Smulekoff’s building opens for bids in downtown Cedar Rapids

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CEDAR RAPIDS — Known as a downtown institution, the Smulekoff’s building will change hands under city plans, but it won’t be the first time the site has been under different ownership. The City Council agreed at its meeting Tuesday to … Continue reading

Saga of two neighboring historic buildings continues in Cedar Rapids

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By Cindy Hadish/Save CR Heritage CEDAR RAPIDS – The City Council rejected bids tonight to redevelop one of the city’s oldest riverfront commercial structures, but will give the building one last chance, while its neighbor is on the road to … Continue reading

Late-1800s home needs to be moved or faces demolition on Cedar Rapids casino site

The city of Cedar Rapids is accepting bids on this home at 115 Second St. SW, provided that the house is moved from the site. (photo/Cindy Hadish)

The city of Cedar Rapids is accepting bids on this home at 115 Second St. SW, provided that the house is moved. (photo/Cindy Hadish)

By Cindy Hadish/Save CR Heritage

CEDAR RAPIDS – It’s the last house standing on a lot where city leaders had gambled on a casino, but the home at 115 Second St. SW might need more than Lady Luck on its side to come out a winner.

The city is accepting bids for the home, but not the land. The winning bidder will have to move the building, or it will be demolished. Continue reading

Service station undergoes transformation in New Bohemia; finds new life as Red Ball Printing

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By Cindy Hadish/Save CR Heritage CEDAR RAPIDS — Its small size belies the massive attention a newly restored service station is attracting in New Bohemia. “There goes another one,” Frank Stephen said, as the driver of a truck slowed down … Continue reading

Parlor City owner tackles next project in New Bohemia, transforming former Ideal Theatre into reception hall

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By Cindy Hadish/Save CR Heritage CEDAR RAPIDS – The last of three neighborhood theaters built one century ago for Czech immigrant movie-goers could someday again draw crowds. The former Ideal Theatre most recently served as Borgenson Automotive Paint, 215 16th … Continue reading

Preserving history: former packing house workers invited to share photos and more at collection event in Cedar Rapids

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By Cindy Hadish/Save CR Heritage CEDAR RAPIDS — For more than a century, the T.M. Sinclair & Co. Packing House — later known as Wilson & Co. and Farmstead Foods — was intertwined with the fabric of Cedar Rapids. The packing house … Continue reading

Historic preservation takes center stage in new Kirkwood program

The Brucemore mansion in Cedar Rapids is shown earlier this fall. A new historic preservation program at Kirkwood Community College will focus on historic preservation. (photo/Cindy Hadish)

The historic Brucemore mansion in Cedar Rapids is shown earlier this fall. A new program at Kirkwood Community College will focus on historic preservation. (photo/Cindy Hadish)

CEDAR RAPIDS – Even in working for one of the most iconic historic sites in Iowa, Taylor Manley knows there is always something new to learn about historic preservation.

“It’s one of those fields where there is a lot of potential, but there’s not a lot of people doing it,” said Manley, buildings and grounds specialist at Brucemore, a 26-acre estate centered around a 19th-century mansion in the heart of Cedar Rapids. Continue reading

“Major improvement” Wellington Heights house restored as part of larger neighborhood effort

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By Cindy Hadish/Save CR Heritage Liz Martin and Nathan Biehl had to move furniture out of a room in their duplex last year, just to make space for a table to host Thanksgiving dinner. That won’t be a problem this … Continue reading