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 →
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 →
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 →
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 →
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 →
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 →
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 →
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 →
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 →