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Save CR Heritage marks its 10th anniversary amid efforts to preserve old school buildings

In October 2011, Cedar Rapids’ oldest church, the People’s Church Unitarian Universalist, was demolished. It was built in 1875 and became the first building listed on the National Register of Historic Places in the city to be razed without sustaining […]

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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 […]

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Families fight to keep a Cedar Rapids fortress standing

A rare example of Egyptian Revival architecture stands strong on a sloping hillside in northeast Cedar Rapids. Imposing stone columns loom tall at the entrance of Garfield Elementary School, 1201 Maplewood Dr NE, while hardwood floors and natural woodwork add […]

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School bus tour will showcase historic Cedar Rapids elementary schools scheduled for demolition

A tour hosted by the nonprofit group CR Heritage will highlight the historic qualities of Cedar Rapids Community School District (CRCSD) elementary schools — 10 of which will be demolished and replaced. Cedar Rapids historian Mark Stoffer Hunter will be leading the tour on Friday, Oct. 11. […]

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The Hidden Homes Walking Tour will highlight seldom-seen parts of Cedar Rapids architectural heritage

Following a year that saw the demolition of several historic buildings in Cedar Rapids—including the Bever Building, a downtown fixture since 1923—Save CR Heritage is hosting a walking tour that highlights some of the city’s seldom seen historic gems on Friday evening. […]

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Ten years after the flood, the CR Resurgence Tour highlights transformation and historic preservation

Ten years ago this month, more than seven feet of floodwater poured into a Cedar Rapids Community School District warehouse on G Ave. in northwest Cedar Rapids. Damage was extensive, but now the only indication of that flooding is a sign attached to an outside wall explaining what happened in June 2008.
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