Two historic preservation projects in Davenport are among 11 of seven communities in Iowa that won the state’s highest honors for historic preservation at this year’s Preserve Iowa summit.
The annual conference is presented by the State Historic Preservation Office, part of the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs.
During the awards ceremony on June 3, the Board of Trustees of the State Historical Society of Iowa awarded two projects in Des Moines and two in Davenport a Preservation Project Merit Award, which recognizes projects which illustrate best practices in historic preservation, meet federal standards. , and use state tax credits for historic preservation.
The historical society also honored successful efforts to stabilize a prehistoric site on the Little Sioux River near Anthon and to rehabilitate the historic facades in Winterset Square.
“These awards celebrate the dedicated and creative professionals and volunteers who save and
adapt Iowa’s historic properties to a new era, ”said Susan Kloewer, administrator of the State Historical Society of Iowa, in a recent release. “Their work creates new economic opportunities and fosters a real sense of community pride. “
Additionally, the Preservation Iowa nonprofit group presented its Preservation At Its Best awards in five categories at the same ceremony. These annual awards honor properties and educational efforts that meet the highest standards of preservation practice.
“Iowa residents across the state can be proud of this year’s winning projects,” said Bruce Perry, chairman of the board of Preservation Iowa. “All are fine examples of historic preservation that serve as models for future preservation work in Iowa and beyond.”
The two Davenport properties that have been honored are:
Adrian Anderson Award
Peter Lampe House, 1128 Mound Street, Village of East Davenport
This award recognizes outstanding preservation of a small historic preservation project using incentives from the state’s historic preservation tax credit program. For the purposes of this award, small projects are defined as projects with total eligible costs of $ 750,000 or less.
Peter Lampe House of Davenport, c. 1856, is located in the village of East Davenport Historic District, listed on the National Register of
Historic places in 1980.
The neighborhood is important for its working-class housing built during the heyday of the upper Mississippi Valley lumber industry, according to prices. Located just up the hill from the Great River Road and the Mississippi River, and on the edge of the railroad embankment that runs through the village of East Davenport, the Lampe House would have been a 19e
pension of the century for railway travelers.
In its new life (since August 2016), the house is the tasting room of Wide River Winery. Once serving weary and hungry travelers by providing them with a place to sleep in the attic and something to eat, “today the Peter Lampe House serves as a warm and welcoming stop offering Iowa wine and snacks. neighborhood residents and tourists, ”the state said. .
“The restoration has stimulated many history buffs. The building was vacant and in need of serious shoring and stabilization, and the interior was a sadly deteriorated relic from the 1980s, ”the price list says. “The completed project features a building exterior that remains almost the same as in 1856, and an interior that shines with well-designed cabinetry, hardwood floors and 19e art of the century.
“The wine tasting room was a spark plug for the community,” the state said. “The project improved the tax base and added a fun and engaging destination in one of Davenport’s oldest neighborhoods.
Sustainability Award in Preservation and William J. Wagner Prize
Apartments Buchanan School / Naval Station, 2104 W. 6e St., Davenport
This nearly $ 9 million renovation project, roughly double the original estimate in 2014, was completed in the summer of 2019. The building, now known as The Naval Station, houses 18 apartments for seniors with six units on each floor.
The Restoration of the Old School of 1904 was honored both for being a preservation project that best exemplifies the use of the US Secretary of the Interior’s rehabilitation standards while using incentives from the credit program of tax for state historic preservation, and for the Sustainability in Preservation award.
The owners of Naval Station, LLC have accomplished “the seemingly impossible feat of transforming the school that was on the verge of collapse into a functional mix of modern equipment in a historic structure,” the state wrote.
The project benefits from a design that promotes high quality of life and implements an extensive stormwater management system, which has led to improvements in public infrastructure and private home improvements throughout the neighborhood.
“In addition to meeting the criteria for redeveloping Iowa’s Green Streets, historic materials have been salvaged from the building itself as well as old historic buildings in the Midwest to facilitate compliance with NPS standards for historic preservation. “the state said.
Natural light from the original windows and skylight above spreads into the community areas which feature original and salvaged maple floors, plasterwork ornaments, the original stage flanked by iconic columns and the cadence of doors with transoms above that once opened in classrooms now entering apartment houses.
The financial catalyst for the project was a CDBG grant from the 2008 Iowa floods, and it was supplemented by funding from the historic federal and state tax credit, the gray areas tax credit, and the credit. tax for the corporate zone as well as conventional equity and financing.
Completed in 1904, the construction of Buchanan School was part of a major program at the turn of the 20e century to build new schools in Davenport.
Buchanan School was an elementary school, designed by the local architectural firm Clausen and Burrows. Years later, when the school was finally closed, the building survived periods of vacancy and various reallocations – first as a US naval training center, then as a storage facility. , depending on the state.
In 1983, Buchanan School was listed on the National Register of Historic Places and was rated as ‘well preserved’, but by the time rehabilitation planning began in 2014, the building had fallen into extreme disrepair. , literally in danger of collapsing and no doubt on the verge of
conviction, the state wrote.
“This impressive project saved a magnificent historic building and adapted it to a new use as housing for the elderly – the Naval Station apartments”, indicate the prices. “The rehabilitation works have been extensive and the project successfully complies with the rehabilitation standards of the Secretary of the Interior.
“Fortunately, despite the building’s extreme deterioration, most of the original features and details still remain,” the state said. “The original layout of the school circulation plan, classrooms and large meeting rooms has remained unchanged. Now the classrooms are comfortable apartments and the meeting rooms are used as a shared space by tenants. “
Exterior rehabilitation work included repair and restoration of existing masonry, windows, doors, roof structure, metal cornice and clay tiled roof. Components of the interior work included the original stairs, wood doors and trim, tiled floors, maple floors, plaster and plaster trim, as well as all new mechanical / electrical systems. ‘
In the apartments, the original high ceilings and restored windows and doors keep the scale and atmosphere of the old classrooms. Daylight enters through the large windows and transom windows on the new interior walls of the apartments.
In the third-floor editing space, the original stage and gracefully vaulted ceiling and large central skylight have been restored. In addition to meeting rehabilitation standards, the project also met criteria for the Iowa Green Streets program, which promotes public health, energy efficiency, water conservation, smart locations, operational savings, and best practices. of sustainable construction.
“The rehabilitation of the Buchanan school created sustainable mixed-income housing for retirees, and the project was a catalyst for improving public infrastructure and private homes throughout the neighborhood,” the state said. .
“What started as a school and had become a bane of the local community is now a shining reminder of our history for generations to come.”
More information on Iowa pricing is available at iowaculture.gov and preservationiowa.org.