Eastern Iowa communities receive historic preservation grants

Cars pass through the intersection of Main and Washington Streets in Lisbon. (file photo)
Cars pass through the intersection of Main and Washington Streets in Lisbon. (file photo)

The cities of Iowa City, Lisbon and Mount Vernon have been awarded grants from the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs for historic preservation efforts. The awards are funded through the department’s Certified Local Government program, which encourages governmental partnerships, provides training and technical assistance, and supports preservation of historic resources at the local level. Iowa City received grants for three projects, while Lisbon and Mount Vernon received a grant each.

l Conservation plan for the Summit Street Monument in Iowa City, $3,500: Iowa City will hire a consultant to prepare a conservation plan for Iowa City’s 1839 town plat survey marker. The stone marker, in the shape of an obelisk, has deteriorated and the consultant will make recommendations for its preservation.

l Intensive Level Survey of 2040 Waterfront Dr. in Iowa City, $3,000: The project will document the significance of one of Iowa City’s earliest houses, which is believed to be the original farmhouse belonging to Cyrus Sanders, the first county surveyor elected in 1838.

l Nomination of the Iowa City Southside Historic District, $6,000: This grant will fund the nomination to the National Register of Historic Places of a small district located near the 1898 Chicago, Rock Island & Pacific Depot. The nomination will encourage the preservation of buildings that are threatened by redevelopment.

l Nomination of Lisbon Main Street, $12,000: Lisbon will nominate to the National Register of Historic Places its downtown area, which is associated with the town’s commercial history, the Lincoln Highway and railroad development.

l Nomination of historic brick houses in Mount Vernon, $12,000: Mount Vernon will nominate to the National Register of Historic Places 12 brick houses that represent the architectural significance of the Military Road and railroad, early settlement and the development of the community in the 19th century.



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