Bohemian “Frankie House” set to start new chapter in its Cedar Rapids history


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By Cindy Hadish/Save CR Heritage CEDAR RAPIDS — For more than a century, the Bohemian home on Third Avenue SE has been a story in the making, serving as a connection to the city’s early Czech immigration, with generations of families … Continue reading

One of last homes still standing in Czech Village neighborhood offered for sale


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Note: Anyone interested in purchasing the brick house can see this link on the city’s website for more information. See end of article for an update from the city of Cedar Rapids. By Cindy Hadish/Save CR Heritage Debbie Cooper has … Continue reading

Cedar Rapids homeowner in race against clock to make repairs after anonymous “nuisance” complaint lodged against her historic home


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By Cindy Hadish/Save CR Heritage Seeking a fresh start with her three sons after the death of her husband, Tamara Dallege never imagined the tumult that would accompany their move to a late Victorian home in southeast Cedar Rapids. “I … Continue reading

Frankie House gets a hand


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got a hand today (Sunday July 5) from a dozen AmeriCorps volunteers. The crew removed dead brush and limbs that had been piled outside the house, then moved inside to remove suspended ceilings, lighting fixtures, and floor and wall coverings that had been added to the house over the DSC_0035years.

Save CR Heritage is grateful for the team’s hours and effort, and proud they chose Frankie House as their community service project, (In addition to their “regular” work, AmeriCorps volunteers choose a community-service project to which they contribute their time).

Sunday’s volunteers included members of the Cedar 5 team. They’re based out of the National Civilian Community Corps‘ North Central regional headquarters in Vinton.

Will Knutson Building meet the same fate as the historic Sinclair smokestack in Cedar Rapids?


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By Cindy Hadish/Save CR Heritage CEDAR RAPIDS – As it currently sits, Tim Blumer agrees with the people who view the Knutson Metal Co., building as an eyesore. But the plan in place by Blumer, of KHB Redevelopment Group, would … Continue reading

Frankie House makes news


KGAN/Fox 28 reporter Steffi Lee and videographer Mark Less stopped by the house on a beautiful Sunday afternoon to see what’s up. Beth DeBoom and Bob Grafton filled them in for Save Cedar Rapids Heritage, and Justin Wasson was there for the Wellington Heights Neighborhood Association.

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City plans to forego redevelopment of historic Knutson Building in favor of demolition

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)

Despite a valid offer to redevelop the Knutson Metal Co., city documents show that demolition will be pursued for the building, one of the oldest commercial structures on the west side of Cedar Rapids.  (photo/Cindy Hadish)

By Cindy Hadish/Save CR Heritage

CEDAR RAPIDS – Despite bids to redevelop the Knutson Metal Co. site, the city appears poised to demolish the historic building, even as Cedar Rapids finalizes its historic preservation plan.

An agenda item for this week’s City Council meeting, scheduled for 4 p.m. Tuesday, May 26, notes that city staff will recommend demolishing the 1887 structure, one of the oldest commercial buildings on the west side of Cedar Rapids.

The city’s Historic Preservation Commission, however, was able to have the item removed from this week’s City Council agenda. Instead, staff will discuss the proposal at this week’s commission meeting, set for 4:30 p.m. Thursday, May 28, at City Hall. The meeting is open to the public. Continue reading

Save CR Heritage announces collaborative effort to save historic home

One of the first structures on the block, this home, built in the 1890s at 1257 Third Ave. SE, faces demolition in the coming weeks. Leaders of Westminster Presbyterian Church, which sits a parking lot away from the house, took out a demolition permit, saying the church  wants green space in that location. (photo/Cindy Hadish)

One of the first structures on the block, this home, built in the 1890s at 1257 Third Ave. SE, will be moved as a result of a unique partnership with Save CR Heritage. (photo/Cindy Hadish)

By Cindy Hadish/Save CR Heritage

CEDAR RAPIDS – Once destined for demolition, a home built more than a century ago for a Cedar Rapids doctor and his wife will have a second chance in a new location, thanks to a unique collaboration.

In a first-of-its-kind effort, Save Cedar Rapids Heritage will move the historic house, at 1257 Third Ave. SE, to a site just blocks away in Wellington Heights.

“This collaboration will save an overlooked gem in the Wellington Heights neighborhood,” said Beth DeBoom, president of Save CR Heritage. “Moving the house nearby will ensure that it stays in use in the neighborhood where it originated, and provide affordable housing for a new family.” Continue reading