For immediate release December 21, 2011
Contact: Jeff Morgan, Jeff.Morgan@iowa.gov, (515) 281-3858
Iowa Site Inventory features architectural properties, historic districts and cemeteries
DES MOINES – The Department of Cultural Affairs today announced information about nearly 114,000 historical and architectural properties, 280 National Register districts, and 3,500 cemeteries have been mapped and are now available on-line.
DCA has mapped and uploaded information from its Iowa Site Inventory to I-Sites Public, an online Geographic Information Systems (GIS) site co-hosted by Iowa State University’s GIS Support and Research Facility and the Office of the State Archaeologist in Iowa City. The I-Sites Public web page is at http://ags.gis.iastate.edu/IsitesPublicAccess/.
“This is important because it marks the first time the statewide inventory of Iowa’s cultural resources is available to the public in this format,” DCA Director Mary Tiffany Cownie said. “This means anybody from historic preservationists to archaeologists to the general public can visit this site on-line and research places and properties in Iowa that have historical, archaeological and architectural significance or value.”
The Iowa Site Inventory files contain information about more than 123,000 architectural, historical and National Register-listed properties around the state. Information in each property file varies in scope from a single photograph to a full National Register nomination, newspaper clippings and project reports.
Each property is given a unique site number and basic information about the property is entered into the computerized Iowa Site Inventory database. This searchable information includes location details, property names, historic and current functions, building materials, architect and builder (if known), architectural style and National Register status.
The database also cross-references properties to photographs and 1,900 architectural and historical reports in the State Historic Preservation Office collections.
More information is available by contacting SHPO’s Berry Bennett at firstname.lastname@example.org or 515-281-8742.