Preservation at Its Best Awards

Announcing the 2014 Preservation at Its Best Awards

The 2014 Preservation at Its Best Awards recipients will be announced at the Preserve Iowa Summit, to be held in Cedar Rapids, Iowa on Thursday, August 21.

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Each year Preservation Iowa seeks to honor individuals, organizations, projects, and programs whose work demonstrates a commitment to excellence in historic preservation. In doing so, we hope to inspire others to take action to preserve, protect, and promote Iowa’s places that matter.

Call for Nominations 2014 Preservation at Its Best Awards

Download the 2014 Preservation at Its Best Awards nomination form and and Call for Nominations (entry guidelines)

Nomination Form
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Entry Guidelines
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The email deadline is August 8, 2014!


2012 Entries

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2012 Preservation at Its Best Awards

Adaptive Use

C.S.P.S. Hall

Cedar Rapids, Linn County

Ryan Companies

After the flood of 2008 the CSPS Hall (located in the New Bohemia Area) was renovated and updated with a stair addition and elevator. Restrooms were brought up to code. Along with the updates all of the historic elements were restored ... Award details

Adaptive Use

Warren Cultural Center

Greenfield, Adair County

Invision Architecture and Warren Opera House Association

Renovation of the Warren Cultural Center started in May of 2011 and was completed in April of 2012. Award details


Downtown Streetscape and Facade Master Plan

Belle Plaine, Benton County

City of Belle Plaine and Community Development Corp.

Streetscape and Facade Restoration of downtown area touching 44 of 50 facades ranging from $15,000 to $150,000 in improvements. All of the efforts remained green as possible with incorporating storm water best management practices. The facade project costs were at $2,596,192 with the streetscape project ... Award details


J.H. Leon Building

Bloomfield, Davis County

Bloomfield Main Street

Restoration and rehabilitation of an 1870 Commercial Victorian on the East side of Bloomfield's Historic Registered Square. The total project cost came in around $150,000 with a portion being from a Challenge grant awarded Bloomfield Main Street, $50,000 financing from Southern Iowa Electric ... Award details

Community Effort

1928 Jess Watson Canopy Filling Station

Woodbine, Harrison County

City of Woodbine and Woodbine Main Street

Rehabilitation and repurposing of the 1928 Jess Watson Filling station in downtown Woodbine. The facade, new construction, and interior rehabilitation serves as a sustainable example of functional restoration of existing buildings. The station is the new home of the Woodbine Main ... Award details

Preservationist Award

Zell Millard

Woodbine, Harrison County

Zell Millard is a champion of historic preservation saving county schools from demolition, selling record numbers of Iowa Sesquicentennial license plates, collecting memorabilia while holding on to his own community development focus. Zell was past mayor of Woodbine in the 1970... Award details

Public Structure

Davis County Courthouse Roof and Tower Restoration

Bloomfield, Davis County

Davis County Board of Supervisors

Rehabilitation of the 1877 County Courthouse Roof and Tower. The scope of the work consisted of structural repair of the framing members along with replacing the slate roof, renovation of the clock dormers and faces along with repairing and painting the ... Award details

Public Structure

World Food Prize Hall of Laureates

Des Moines, Polk County

RDG Planning & Design

Rehabilitation of former Des Moines 1899-1903 Public Library into World Food Prize for global outreach and education. Construction began on the 45,000 Sq. Ft building in the fall of 2009 and completed spring of 2012. Existing finishes were carefully retained and repaired as ... Award details


Washington Neighborhood Rowhouse

Dubuque, Dubuque County

Dubuque Bank & Trust Community Development Corp. and City of Dubuque

Located in the City of Dubuque's Historic Washington Neighborhood this project consisted of 7 units of which 6 were rented and one was owner occupied. Construction began in April of 2008 and completed in Sept. 2011. The project was funded with assistance from $240,000 from ... Award details

Rural Preservation

Lacey Park Project - Guardhouse and Bathhouse

Keosauqua, Van Buren County

Friends of Lacey

Restoration and rehabilitation of the 1935 Civilian Conservation Corp. National Register-listed Guardhouse and Bathhouse located in Lacey Park. Individuals, Van Buren Foundation, Community Foundation, and the Hoaglin Foundation joined in-kind donations from Van Buren Telephone Co. and Friends of Lacey to ... Award details

Sustainability in Preservation

Dubuque Historic Millwork District Complete Streets Project

Dubuque, Dubuque County

City of Dubuque

Reconstruction of twelve blocks of streets, replacing pavement and utilities, installing sidewalks, street furniture and streetlights as a Complete Street pilot project in the Historic Millwork District. This project incorporated design taking into consideration of the broad range of users, ... Award details