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State Historical Society of Iowa announces preservation awards

Posted August 22, 2014 in Web Exclusives

DES MOINES – The State Historical Society of Iowa (SHSI) announced its Preservation Projects of Merit Awards Thursday during the 2014 Preserve Iowa Summit in Cedar Rapids. SHSI is a division of the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs.

The awards recognize projects that exemplify the best of historic preservation practices, meet the U.S. Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for Rehabilitation of Historic Buildings and utilize the State Historic Preservation and Cultural and Entertainment District Tax Credit Program.

The list of this year’s award recipients follows:

(Community)
(Award Category)
(Project – Owner)
(Project Description)
·         (Award Description)

Cedar Rapids
William J. Wagner Award
Paramount Theatre – City of Cedar Rapids
The Paramount Theatre rehabilitation demonstrates high-quality workmanship and excellent attention to detail. The theatre was severely damaged during the flood of 2008 so this project included restoration of that damage to finishes as well as modernization of the building’s systems, improved acoustics and the addition of patron amenities. The Wurlitzer organ also suffered water damage and was reconstructed as part of this project.

·         This award recognizes the historic preservation project which best exemplifies use of the U.S. Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for Rehabilitation while using State Historic Preservation and Cultural and Entertainment District Tax Credit Program incentives.

Des Moines
Judith A. McClure Award
Leon Strauss Residence – Martha Green and Jack C. Porter
The Leon Strauss House serves as an excellent example of a small-scale use of historic tax credits. Located in the Sherman Hill Historic District in Des Moines, this successful project is a model to encourage neighbors to embark on their own sensitive rehabilitation. This project included a new roof, repainting of the exterior in a historic palette, construction of a new hipped roof on the sleeping porch and the rehabilitation of the front porch.

·         This award recognizes outstanding preservation of a residential property using State Historic Preservation and Cultural and Entertainment District Tax Credit Program incentives. For purposes of this award, residential property shall be defined as a building with two or fewer residential units.

Greenfield
Margaret Keyes Award
E.E. Warren Opera House/Warren Cultural Center – E.E. Warren Opera House Association
The E.E. Warren Opera House project is a paragon of grassroots preservation. A group of dedicated residents worked together to not only raise the funds for the rehabilitation, but also develop a sustainable business model other small towns may replicate. This project accomplished the rehabilitation of three buildings into a complex now known as the Warren Cultural Center. A rear addition was constructed to provide for code-compliant accessible egress and modern amenities.

·         This award recognizes outstanding preservation of a large historic preservation project using State Historic Preservation and Cultural and Entertainment District Tax Credit Program incentives. For purposes of this award, large projects are defined as those projects having total qualified costs of more than $500,000.

Mount Vernon
Adrian D. Anderson Award
I.O.O.F. Hall – Michael and Valerie Smith
The Odd Fellows (I.O.O.F.) Hall, located in Mount Vernon’s historic commercial district, demonstrates the initiative taken by two property owners to rehabilitate a corner building utilizing historic tax credits. In their words, their project “helped to fuel the buzz that good things are happening on main street.” This project entailed the rehabilitation of the second story, formerly the meeting room for the I.O.O.F. lodge. This space was converted into an apartment for the building’s owners.

·         This award recognizes outstanding preservation of a small historic preservation project using State Historic Preservation and Cultural and Entertainment District Tax Credit Program incentives. For purposes of this award, small projects are defined as those having total qualified costs of $500,000 or less.





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