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Save CR Heritage wins preservation award

Cindy Hadish/Save CR Heritage

Members and supporters of Save CR Heritage rally in front of the historic Bever Building on April 9 in the Downtown Historic District before the building is demolished to make way for a new corporate headquarters for Skogman Realty. Raising awareness of the city’s historic structures has help earn the grass-roots organization the Iowa Preservationists of Year group award.
Cindy Hadish/Save CR Heritage Members and supporters of Save CR Heritage rally in front of the historic Bever Building on April 9 in the Downtown Historic District before the building is demolished to make way for a new corporate headquarters for Skogman Realty. Raising awareness of the city’s historic structures has help earn the grass-roots organization the Iowa Preservationists of Year group award.

WATERLOO — Save Cedar Rapids Heritage has won the Iowa Preservationists of the Year group award from Preservation Iowa.

The organization, a statewide nonprofit that annually recognizes preservation achievements, presented awards for excellence during an Aug. 28 luncheon at the historic Elks Lodge in Waterloo.

Since its inception in 2012, the nonprofit Save CR Heritage has worked to preserve historic buildings through awareness and action and was cited for its advocacy, educational and hands-on work on behalf of historic properties, with a long list of achievements.

Those include moving and restoring the “Frankie House,” an 1880s home that was slated for demolition. Save CR Heritage board members and volunteers collaborated with the city of Cedar Rapids and other groups to save the home, which has since been sold to a family as affordable housing.

Save CR Heritage also was cited for raising awareness about historic tax credits through a tour of the Paramount Theatre and other sites, again in partnership with the city, and for its CR Hearts Tour, which brought attention to buildings at the south end of New Bohemia that rebounded after the 2008 flood.

In addition, the group has raised awareness of demolitions and at-risk buildings through its Bever Building demonstration and community conversation about the Cedar Rapids Community School District’s plan to close elementary schools, along with numerous stories on its website and social media.

Following is the list of Preservation Iowa’s 2018 Preservation at Its Best award winners:

• Adaptive Reuse: Mac-International Motor Truck Corp. / Station 121 Lofts; Des Moines

• Commercial (Small No. 1): Kendall Building / Sensibly Chic; Jefferson

• Commercial (Small No. 2): Pitt Carriage Building; Des Moines

• Commercial (Large): Hotel Grinnell; Grinnell

• Community Effort: Bricker-Price Block; Earlham

• Residential (Single-Family): Moffett Cottage; Des Moines

• Residential (Multi-Family): Francis Apartments (St. Mary’s School); Dubuque

• Rural Preservation: Downtown Walnut Facades; Walnut

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• Sustainability in Preservation: Catholic Pastoral Center/Home Federal Savings & Loan; Des Moines

• Martha Hayes Preservationist of the Year, Individual Recipient: Ruth Ann Van Donslear; Sheldon

• Martha Hayes Preservationist of the Year, Group Recipient: Save Cedar Rapids Heritage; Cedar Rapids

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