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Save CR Heritage establishes its first headquarters in a new (old) house, named in honor of J.E. Halvorson

Save CR Heritage will be holding a dedication ceremony for its new headquarters on Friday. Appropriately for a nonprofit dedicated to raising awareness of Cedar Rapids’ historic buildings and advocating for their restoration and reuse, the “new” HQ is a house that’s more than a century old. Mercy Medical Center, which owned the house at […]

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‘Iowa can’t wait’: Historic preservationist Matthew Gilbert on the power of place and the urgency to save Black buildings

Matthew Gilbert’s great grandfather, Dr. Lee Burton Furgerson, is an Iowa legend. He was one of the first Black doctors in Waterloo. He contributed to the Iowa Bystander, the state’s leading Black publication. He joined prominent civil rights attorney Milton Fields and Judge William Parker in co-founding a Black bank in 1947 called Blackhawk Savings […]

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University of Iowa will no longer be relocating the Sanxay-Gilmore House, leaving the historic home’s future uncertain

The University of Iowa will not be moving forward with plans to relocate the Sanxay-Gilmore House due to “unforeseen costs of the project.” The house, located at 109 E Market St, is believed to be the oldest remaining house in Iowa City. Cost estimates for relocation and renovating the home were estimated at $1.23 million. […]

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Results of the Bever Woods historic survey will be presented at an online meeting on Wednesday

The city of Cedar Rapids is hosting a virtual open house Wednesday evening to inform residents about the results of a survey that analyzed the historic qualities of the Bever Woods neighborhood. City staff and project consultants from Wapsi Valley Archaeology will share highlights from the intensive survey conducted last year, discuss possible next steps […]

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