For immediate release: September 23, 2013
Contact: Jeff Morgan, Jeff.Morgan@iowa.gov, (515) 281-3858
DES MOINES –The Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs has announced historic preservation and community history awards that recognize individuals and groups for their work to preserve Iowa’s historical assets over the past year. The awards were presented by the Board of Trustees of the State Historical Society of Iowa, a division of DCA.
“We are pleased to recognize the efforts of individuals who have worked tirelessly over the past year to preserve Iowa’s history,” DCA Director Mary Cownie said. “These awards honor those who devote their time and energy to make sure our state’s history is preserved for future generations of Iowans to enjoy.”
The Preservation Projects of Merit Award recognizes projects that exemplify the best of historic preservation practices, meet the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for Rehabilitation of Historic Buildings, utilize the state historic preservation and cultural and entertainment district tax credit program, and were successfully completed in the previous state fiscal year.
The SHSI Board of Trustees approved the following Preservation Projects of Merit Awards:
Judith A. McClure Award
This award recognizes outstanding preservation of a residential property.
Henning J. Witt Home, 604 Gaines Street in Davenport
The Henning J. Witt Home rehabilitation project addressed both interior and exterior issues, from plumbing and electrical to exterior paint. The owners paid great attention to historic details, including repairing the foyer tiles, restoring eight historic transoms, removing layers of paint to find the original craftsman stenciling, and installing a new stencil pattern. This house is pivotal in the community and has the potential to have a high impact on other properties.
Adrian D. Anderson Award
This award recognizes outstanding preservation of a small historic preservation project (a project with qualified rehabilitation costs of $500,000 or less).
Oliver Herrick’s Post Office (aka Aqualand Store), 3600 6th Avenue in Des Moines
This project was recognized for its high attention to detail, transforming the façade to the original design and paying equal attention to both facades. Research was done to return the stucco to the historic thickness, color, and make-up. As a corner structure, there is greater potential for rehabilitation to have a positive impact on the neighborhood.
Margaret Keyes Award
This award recognizes outstanding preservation of a large historic preservation project (a project with qualified rehabilitation costs of $500,000 or more).
Iowana Hotel, 203 West Montgomery Street in Creston
This project, located in the southern part of the state, not only saved the building from ruin but also demonstrates excellent attention to detail, especially on the interior plaster capitals and the exterior re-pointing. The work was completed with little ability to recuperate the investment as it is intended to become low and moderate income housing.
William J. Wagner Award
This award recognizes the historic preservation project which best exemplifies the use of the U.S. Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for Rehabilitation of Historic Buildings.
City National Bank, 2-4 South Federal in Mason City
An extant hotel designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, the building is an excellent example of adaptive re-use. Rather than recreating the bank set-up, it is programmable space and, therefore, more sustainable. Extensive rehabilitation work included rebuilt cast iron steel doors/gates and the lights. Strips of glass were found in mortar joints when interiors were stripped off of the upper floor – a detail used in two of his homes as part of the chimney design. The bank/hotel project has increased tourism, surpassing their expectations, with about 10,000 visitors.
In addition, the SHSI Board of Trustees announced four Community History Awards. Through this awards program, SHSI recognizes individuals, organizations, and communities who have made outstanding contributions to the study and practice of Iowa history.
The list of Community History Awards announced by SHSI follows:
This award recognizes an individual, group, or organization that has made significant long-term or continuing contributions to Iowa history.
Loren Horton Community History Award
The Loren Horton Community History Award recognizes the best project that increases the awareness of and participation in Iowa history on a local level.
Benjamin F. Shambaugh Award
This annual award recognizes the author of the most significant book published on Iowa history during the previous calendar year.
Mills/Noun Popular History Award
This award recognizes the author of the most significant article on an Iowa history topic published in a popular history periodical during the previous calendar year.
Visit www.iowahistory.org or call 515-281-5111 for more information about the State Historical Society of Iowa, a division of the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs.
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