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State Historical Society of Iowa Press Release

For immediate release May 19, 2011

Contact: Jeff Morgan, Jeff.Morgan@iowa.gov, (515) 281-3858

SHSI announces historic preservation project award

Davenport’s Lischer Home receives McClure Award

(DES MOINES) – The State Historical Society of Iowa announced today that the Henry Lischer Home in Davenport has received the Judith A. McClure Award for outstanding preservation of a residential property.

Owned by Marion Meginnis and Jack Haberman, the Henry Lischer Home is an Italianate residence built c. 1871 and its design has been credited to architect Frederick George Clausen, who was Henry Lischer’s son-in-law.

The McClure award recognizes a 2010 historic preservation project that exemplifies the best of preservation practices, meets the U.S. Secretary of the Interior’s “Standards for Rehabilitation of Historic Buildings,” and used the state historic preservation and Cultural and Entertainment District tax credit program.

“This award is recognition of a historic asset and the efforts undertaken last year to preserve it,” Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs Director Mary Tiffany Cownie said. “We are pleased to recognize this project and the people who devote their time, energy and resources to ensure our history is kept alive for future generations of Iowans to enjoy.”

In issuing the award, SHSI said the rehabilitation effort preserved significant exterior architectural elements original to the home, which is an outstanding example of 19th century German-influenced architecture in Davenport. Henry Lischer, a German immigrant, arrived in Davenport in 1856 and along with Theodore Olshausen purchased Der Demokrat, a German language paper begun in 1851.

Contact the State Historical Society of Iowa at 515-281-5111 for more information.


The State Historical Society of Iowa is a division of the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs, and is a trustee of Iowa’s historical legacy and an advocate for understanding Iowa’s past. It identifies, records, collects, preserves, manages and provides access to Iowa’s historical resources. Its dual mission of preservation and education serves Iowans of all ages, conducts and stimulates research, disseminates information, and encourages and supports historical preservation and education efforts of others throughout the state. Visit www.iowahistory.org or call 515-281-5111 for more information.


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