Iowa’s State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) is part of the State Historical Society of Iowa, a division within the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs. Our mission is to identify, preserve, and protect Iowa’s historic resources.
Preservation in Iowa today owes its success to the individual efforts of local citizens and organizations. Established in 1972, our office’s role has always been--and will continue to be--that of facilitator and educator for those who desire to preserve and protect Iowa’s historic resources. SHPO staff administers state and federal historic preservation and incentive programs throughout the state, including the National Register of Historic Places program, the Certified Local Government program, Iowa’s Cultural and Entertainment District program, the state and federal rehabilitation tax incentives program, and the Review & Compliance program. We also maintain a statewide inventory of historic properties and provide technical assistance on best practices in all aspects of preservation.
The SHPO is located on 3rd floor-east (nearest the Capitol) in the Iowa State Historical Building, 600 East Locust, Des Moines. The SHPO is open Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
The activity that is the subject of the SHPO portion of this website has been financed in part with Federal funds from the National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior. However, the contents and opinions do not necessarily reflect the views or policies of the Department of the Interior, nor does the mention of trade names or commercial products constitute endorsement or recommendation by the Department of the Interior.
The State Historic Preservation Office of Iowa receives Federal financial assistance for identification and protection of historic properties. Under Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and the Age Discrimination Act of 1975, as amended, the U.S. Department of the Interior prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, disability, or age in its federally assisted programs. If you believe you have been discriminated against in any program, activity, or facility as described above, or if you desire further information, please write to: Office of Equal Opportunity, National Park Service, 1849 C Street NW, Washington, D.C. 20240.