Building updates: new Lincoln Elementary owner schedules open house; two city-owned structures could go back on demo list and Knutson Building may be offered for redevelopment

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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

Lion Bridge Brewing Company finds perfect fit in historic Czech Village grocery store

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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

Hach Building demolition ends story for Cedar Rapids-area family and New Bo neighborhood

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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

Razing of New Bohemia building to leave hole in historic district; demolition looms as developer interest increases

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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

City to consider future of one of the oldest buildings in Cedar Rapids; debate centers around cost of flood protection for riverfront Knutson building

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)

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

Photo gallery: Moving day for the Brewer House

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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

Brewer House to make its move Thursday, April 3; historic home being relocated 10 blocks away

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)

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

Historic Sokol building in downtown Cedar Rapids could soon take turn for the better

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CEDAR RAPIDS — The gymnasts have vaulted off, but a developer hopes to bring a new form of activity to the historic Sokol building in downtown Cedar Rapids. Where children once learned to tumble and adults strengthened their Czech social … Continue reading

Historic restoration in store for Commonwealth Apartments under tax credit proposal

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CEDAR RAPIDS – Entering the Commonwealth Apartments is like taking a step back in time. Built in 1925 as an extended-stay hotel, the building, at 1400 Second Ave. SE, features arched doorways and windows, black marble baseboards and elaborate decorative … Continue reading

Wikipedia page claiming Brucemore will be sold is “obviously erroneous”

The Brucemore mansion is seen from the estate's formal garden in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. (photo/Cindy Hadish)

The Brucemore mansion is seen from the estate’s formal garden in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. The historic site was targeted in a satiric Wikipedia post and is not for sale. (photo/Cindy Hadish)

CEDAR RAPIDS – No, Brucemore isn’t for sale.

The 26-acre estate with its 19th-century mansion was the target of a satiric Wikipedia edit that claimed the city was selling the iconic historic site in southeast Cedar Rapids.

Under “Recent Developments,” the altered Brucemore Wikipedia page, posted by an anonymous editor earlier this month, alleged that the City Council had begun exploring demolition of the mansion to make way for two new strip malls, featuring fast-food chains. Continue reading