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Iowa Historic Preservation Alliance presents awards for excellence in preservation


OTTUMWA, IA -- May 13, 2009 – At a luncheon awards presentation, the Iowa Historic Preservation Alliance (IHPA) announced their annual Preservation at its Best Awards to honor individuals, organizations, projects, and programs whose work demonstrates a commitment to excellence in historic preservation.  The awards were presented as part of the Preservation in Progress: A workshop for Iowa’s preservation partners co-hosted by the IHPA, Main Street Iowa, State Historic Preservation Office and Main Street Ottumwa.


The Preservation at its Best Awards are given annually with the generous sponsorship of the Iowa Gaming Association.  Wes Ehrecke, president of the Iowa Gaming Association, said “The Preservation at its Best Awards is a wonderful opportunity to celebrate Iowa’s outstanding historic preservation efforts and recognize those who work tirelessly to further Iowa’s historic preservation ethic.”


Nine awards were presented in eight categories.  Awards presented included:


Best of Adaptive Use

Project:  Des Moines Western Railway Freight House/ISBA Offices, Des Moines

Recipient: Iowa State Bar Association/GE Wattier Architecture 

 Best of Small Commercial (under 5,000 square feet)

Project: German Bank Building, Dubuque

Recipient: Gronen Restoration/Mike Steele, Steele Capital Management

 Best of Small Commercial (under 5,000 square feet)

Project: City National Bank & Glass Block Buildings (Moorman Clothiers), Mason City

Recipient: Scott and Susan Moorman

 Best of Large Commercial (over 5,000 square feet)

Project: Security Building, Dubuque

Recipient: Security Investments LLC and Cottingham & Butler

 Best of Public Structures

Project: Karl King Bandshell, Fort Dodge

Recipient: City of Fort Dodge

 Best of Residential

Project: Frank Bredow Home, Davenport

Recipient: Gateway Redevelopment Group

 Best of Community Effort

Project: Washington Revitalize! Initiative, Dubuque

Recipient: Washington Neighborhood Association

 Sustainability in Preservation

Project: Durrant Group Headquarters Building, Dubuque

Recipient: The Durrant Group

 2009 Preservationist Award (honoring an individual or group that has championed historic preservation planning, policy or activities over the course of their lifetime.)

Dr. Richard H. Thomas, Mount Vernon


About the IHPA:  The Iowa Historic Preservation Alliance (IHPA) is the state-wide non-profit dedicated to the advocacy, education and creation of partnerships that enhance our economic and cultural future through the preservation of Iowa's historic resources.


The IHPA was organized in 1991 to support, broaden and strengthen the statewide constituency for preservation in Iowa; to educated public and private policymakers who affect historic preservation issues at the national, state and local levels; to develop and implement strategies for insuring the preservation of individual and collective sites and structure of cultural significance to Iowa; and to work in partnership with national, state and local agencies and organizations whose activities impact historic resources. 


For More Information Contact

Rod Scott, President, Iowa Historic Preservation Alliance

rod.scott@mchsi.com or 641.373.1171




Gateway Redevelopment Group, Davenport, Iowa