Historic Preservation Seminar Targets Financial Incentives & Economic Growth

For immediate release June 14, 2005



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

(DES MOINES, Iowa) – Property owners, preservationists and developers will converge on Music Man Square next week to learn more about how historic preservation initiatives, financial incentives and the latest in restoration products can boost economic growth.

The two-day seminar is scheduled for June 23-24, 2005 at Music Man Square in downtown Mason City and offers a wide range of topics for development and preservation professionals, property owners and local preservation commissioners. The seminar is sponsored by Main Street Iowa, Department of Economic Development and the State Historical Society of Iowa.

Mason City’s downtown and historic neighborhoods provide a wonderful setting to witness preservation in action. The restoration of the Park Inn–the only remaining hotel designed by Frank Lloyd Wright–will be used as a case study. Participants will also have the opportunity to tour Wright’s historic Stockman House and others in the Rock Glen/Rock Crest Neighborhood.

Featured speakers include Dan Carmody and Anne Grimmer. Carmody is the principal developer for Renaissance Rock Island, and is highly regarded by the National Main Street Center, the International Downtown Association and Main Street Iowa for his expertise in property development. He has more than 16 years experience in community-initiated development and leads an organization with more than $30 million in proposed projects.

Grimmer is a senior architectural historian with the Technical Preservation Services Branch, Heritage Preservation Services Program of the National Park Service. She has more than 30 years experience working in the field of preservation, and has been instrumental in developing and interpreting historic preservation policy on a national level.

The seminar will also focus on tax credits, archives, building codes & historic buildings, negotiating deals and demolition issues.

Registration can be made by contacting Main Street Iowa, Iowa Department of Economic Development, 200 East Grand Avenue, Des Moines, IA 50309 or by contacting Jane Seaton at 515-242-4756 or jane.seaton@iowalifechanging.com.


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