“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)

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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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“Great gift to the community” History Center to purchase former Cedar Rapids funeral home as its new location

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By Cindy Hadish/Save CR Heritage CEDAR RAPIDS — A mansion once home to prominent residents in the city’s history, which later served as a place of comfort for grieving families, will usher in a new era with its own role … Continue reading

Settlement of New Buffalo, Iowa, soon to disappear

The former Buffalo United Methodist Church, 4009 Blairs Ferry Rd. NE, will become the location for a new Goodyear Tire store. (photo/Cindy Hadish)

The former Buffalo United Methodist Church, 4009 Blairs Ferry Rd. NE, will become the location for a new Goodyear Tire store in Cedar Rapids. (photo/Cindy Hadish)

Final remnants of an early Iowa community will soon be relegated to the past.

A new Goodyear Tire store is planned at the location of the former Buffalo United Methodist Church, 4009 Blairs Ferry Rd. NE, said Josh Collingwood, manager of  Downtown Tire, 402 Second Ave. SE.

The site was part of the New Buffalo settlement that originated in the 1850s, about the same time that Cedar Rapids was getting its start, said Cedar Rapids Historian Mark Stoffer Hunter. Continue reading

Cedar Rapids core neighborhoods still hurting from flash floods in June; new B Avenue Historic District among areas affected

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CEDAR RAPIDS – Flash-flooding that filled their basement with more than 9 feet of water is still all too real for Jim and Cheri Kirk, but getting others to understand what happened has proven remarkably unreal. “I’d like the city … Continue reading

Summit tours shine spotlight on historic buildings, bustling Main Street districts and more

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)

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