This apartment above Mount Vernon Insurance is one of three upper-story remodels on the self-guided walking tour of Main Street Mount Vernon during the Preserve Iowa Summit. (photo/Main Street Mount Vernon)
CEDAR RAPIDS – Repurposed historic buildings, award-winning restoration work, chic upper-level apartments and other architectural gems will be highlighted in eight tours during the Preserve Iowa Summit.
Bus and walking tours will take participants through downtown Cedar Rapids, to Main Street districts in Czech Village/New Bohemia, Marion, Mount Vernon and more. Continue reading →
The complex restoration of the Paramount Theatre, 123 3rd Ave. SE, required extensive research and analysis to identify the materials and techniques used to create the original elements. A team of experts was brought in to examine and restore the building’s historic features. (photo courtesy of Ryan Companies)
CEDAR RAPIDS — Conference-goers from around the state and beyond will see firsthand the great survival and flood recovery story of Cedar Rapids as they converge on the city for the Preserve Iowa Summit, but local residents are invited to further their knowledge of the area’s history, as well.
“There’s just an incredible amount of information that people will be able to get by coming to the conference,” said Mark Stoffer Hunter, historian at the Carl & Mary Koehler History Center in Cedar Rapids. “They’ll find out how preservation increases the value of the entire metropolitan area and why historic preservation is so critical to the health of the entire Cedar Rapids community.”
The Preserve Iowa Summit is the only statewide annual conference for professionals and volunteers involved in historic preservation and historic commercial district revitalization in Iowa. The summit, which runs Aug. 21-23, will highlight places such as the Paramount Theatre and U.S. Bank Building, both of which are among the successful comeback stories of the epic flood of 2008, along with other sites outside of downtown. Continue reading →
The riverfront Knutson Building, one of the city’s oldest commercial structures, will be discussed at an informational meeting, July 29, 2014, at Cedar Rapids City Hall. (photo/Cindy Hadish)
NOTE: A meeting for developers interested in learning more about the Knutson Building is scheduled for 3 p.m. Tuesday, July 29, in the Collins Conference Room in the lower level of Cedar Rapids City Hall, 101 First St. SE.
CEDAR RAPIDS — Two riverfront buildings with combined centuries of history could both see new futures.
The Cedar Rapids City Council this week agreed to accept bids on the Knutson Building, 525 H St. SW (now known as Valor Way.) Meanwhile, the Linn County Board of Supervisors is leaning in the same direction for the neighboring Mott Building.Continue reading →
CEDAR RAPIDS – The oldest school in Cedar Rapids is in the midst of its transformation into a place of worship, while two city-owned commercial buildings are in limbo and a third could soon be on the market for a … Continue reading →
Note: Save Cedar Rapids Heritage chose Lion Bridge Brewing Company as the site of its first Preservation Mixer, scheduled for 5:30 p.m. Thursday, June 26, 2014. Anyone with an interest in helping to save the city’s historic buildings is invited … Continue reading →
CEDAR RAPIDS – Robert Hach Jr. shook his head in disbelief. More than a century of his family’s history knocked down within minutes; wiped clean within hours. “It’s one thing to talk about it,” he said of the demolition of … Continue reading →
CEDAR RAPIDS — When New Bohemia’s Hach Building is bulldozed in coming days, it won’t be due to a lack of interest in restoring the historic structure. An investors group made a cash offer to owners Diane and Leon “Tunnie” … Continue reading →
The Knutson Building, which sits between the Cedar River and Police Station in southwest Cedar Rapids, is one of the oldest commercial buildings in Cedar Rapids. Discussion is ensuing about the future of the building and cost of flood protection at the site. (photo/Cindy Hadish)
CEDAR RAPIDS — One of the oldest structures in Cedar Rapids, the Knutson Building along the city’s riverfront has evolved since 1887, from a condensed milk factory to a woodworking plant for gunstocks, to the Warehouse bar nearly a century later, haunted house and scrap metal business.
Now owned by the city, supporters hope the building’s evolution will continue, even as discussion centers around the high costs related to flood protection at the site. Continue reading →
The Brewer House, a building on the National Register of Historic Places, made its own historic move on Thursday, April 3, 2014. Goodwin House Moving of Washington, Iowa, transported the 117-year-old house 10 blocks through Cedar Rapids to its new … Continue reading →
Preparations are under way to relocate the historic Brewer House in Cedar Rapids, with a moving date set for Thursday, April 3, 2014. (photo/Cindy Hadish)
CEDAR RAPIDS – It’s a story of perseverance.
Greg Young and his wife, Dawn Stephens, almost gave up in their quest to move the historic Brewer House when their initial attempts were thwarted.
“When we were first shot down, I thought, ‘at least we tried,’” Young said.
But the couple persisted, navigating a world of red tape to get to the last-minute details this week before the 117-year-old house moves on Thursday, April 3, to the music of a marching band. Continue reading →