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

Making history: Ausadie Building — “Jewel of First Avenue” — could become first local historic landmark in Cedar Rapids

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By Cindy Hadish/Save CR Heritage The historic Ausadie Building has retained its stately presence on First Avenue SE in Cedar Rapids for nearly a century, even as the area surrounding it has changed, with other nearby buildings demolished to erect … Continue reading

Cedar Rapids examines proposed historic district for downtown; meeting set for Oct. 22

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By Cindy Hadish/Save CR Heritage CEDAR RAPIDS – Few people batted an eye when the former Isis Theatre in downtown Cedar Rapids was demolished earlier this year; a spot where a parking lot now stands. Just months later, that block … Continue reading

Advocates hope to save 1890s home in southeast Cedar Rapids as church seeks demolition

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Note: Anyone interested in saving this home and in the historic tax credit process can email Save CR Heritage at: SaveCRHeritage@gmail.com By Cindy Hadish/Save CR Heritage CEDAR RAPIDS – The clock is ticking for a house that sits just doors … Continue reading

Deadline looms for development proposals for Knutson Building in Cedar Rapids; Linn County taking bids for neighboring Mott Building

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By Cindy Hadish/Save CR Heritage It seems an almost sure-fire way to sabotage a real estate sale. Six years after the 2008 flood roared through the Knutson Building, water still coats the basement floor; a tree grows from the rooftop … Continue reading

“Unique opportunity” Coe College offers sign of hope to preservation advocates with use of 1925 fire house as student housing

Firefighters look on during Coe College's dedication of the Whipple Fire House on Friday, Sept. 19, 2014, in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. (photo/Cindy Hadish)

Firefighters look on during Coe College’s dedication of the Whipple Fire House on Friday, Sept. 19, 2014, in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. (photo/Cindy Hadish)

By Cindy Hadish/Save CR Heritage

CEDAR RAPIDS – City historian Mark Stoffer Hunter hopes Coe College’s renovation of Fire Station No. 3 for student housing will usher in a new era.

“Right now, it appears they’re going more towards preservation,” Stoffer Hunter said after Coe dedicated the building Friday, Sept. 19, as the Whipple Fire House. “It seems to be an effort.”

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