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Before and after: an 1890s Bohemian home transformed
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Apr 2017

Before and after: an 1890s Bohemian home transformed

Save CR Heritage board members and volunteers gather on the front porch of the home they rehabbed in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. (photo/Cindy Hadish)

CEDAR RAPIDS – A home built in 1894 by Bohemian immigrants in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, is coming full-circle.

Destined for demolition, the house was moved several blocks to 1425 Fifth Ave. SE, and rehabbed over the course of more than a year by members of Save CR Heritage, with the help of volunteers, donors and contractor partners.

Background on the “Frankie House”

Though cosmetically in poor condition when Save CR Heritage began the project, the “bones” of the structure were solid, with intact architectural features, such as gingerbread trim and fish-scale siding on the exterior and original interior doors, pine floors and woodwork.

Save CR Heritage hopes the home will serve as an example of the numerous benefits of preserving historic structures.

The project is using state historic tax credits, a vital component in not only retaining this piece of architectural history, but in making the project financially viable, diverting large amounts of waste out of the landfill and keeping the home on the city’s tax rolls. Extensive documentation of “before” and “after” images and historical research were included in that process. Some of those photos are below.

An open house is scheduled for Saturday, April 15, 2017, from 1-4 p.m.

“After” April 2017

“After” April 2017

“After” April 2017

“After” April 2017

“After” April 2017

“After” April 2017
The house is shown at its original location in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, in September 2015. (photo/Cindy Hadish)
The home is shown at its new site, after volunteers painted the exterior in 2016. (photo/Cindy Hadish)

1 comment

Jeffrey O'Brien

This was a great undertaking! One intent is to restore some neighborhood pride and bring back the “porch life” of the past. A beautiful job!

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