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Historic comebacks from 2008 flood highlighted during CR Resurgence Tour
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Jun 2018

Historic comebacks from 2008 flood highlighted during CR Resurgence Tour

Board member Lance LeTellier of Save CR Heritage describes the windows at the Rowell Hardware Building/Dash Coffee Roasters, during the CR Resurgence Tour on Saturday, June 16, 2018. (photo/Cindy Hadish)

CEDAR RAPIDS – Extreme heat Saturday didn’t keep tour-goers from visiting historic sites in Cedar Rapids that survived the 2008 flood.

The CR Resurgence Tour, hosted by Save CR Heritage in partnership with the Czech Village/New Bohemia Main Street District and the city of Cedar Rapids, soldiered on despite temperatures in the 90s, with a heat index of 100 degrees.

Tour participants chat during the social hour at Lion Bridge Brewing Co. (photo/Cindy Hadish)

Nearly 100 people visited stops on the tour, including Mott Lofts, Rowell Hardware/Dash Coffee Roasters, Ellis Urban Lofts, Shakespeare Garden, Theatre Cedar Rapids, the Kurik House/Baby Time Family Boutique and the Herda House.

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A social hour followed at Lion Bridge Brewing Co., in Czech Village.

All of the sites sustained major flooding in 2008, but while the city demolished more than 1,200 homes and 200 commercial buildings after the epic disaster, these were saved from the wrecking ball and are now benefiting the community as businesses, housing and more.

Twenty-five volunteers and site hosts shared the history and provided tours of each stop during the free event, which marked the 10th anniversary of the flood.

Learn about each site here and see more images from the tour, below:

Maura Pilcher, at right, describes the history of the Herda House, now an Airbnb in New Bohemia. (photo/Cindy Hadish)
Tour-goers pause for a photo inside the historic Herda House during the CR Resurgence Tour. (photo/Cindy Hadish)
Tour-goers enter the Mott Lofts at the start of the CR Resurgence Tour to mark the 10th anniversary of the 2008 flood in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. (photo/Cindy Hadish)
Board members Abby Huff and Bethany Jordan of Save CR Heritage get assistance from a young helper inside the Mott Lofts at the start of the tour. (photo/Cindy Hadish)
Baby Time Family Boutique, housed in a former home in New Bohemia, was among the sites on the CR Resurgence Tour. (photo/Cindy Hadish)

 

Mackenzie Hootman of Baby Time Family Boutique and Jennifer Pruden, executive director of the Czech Village/New Bohemia Main Street District, are shown inside the Kurik House during the CR Resurgence Tour. (photo/Cindy Hadish)
Outreach Coordinator Hannah Spina gives a tour of Theatre Cedar Rapids during the CR Resurgence Tour. (photo/Cindy Hadish)
Save CR Heritage volunteer Shanel Slater stands next to a table with photos from the 2008 flood at Theatre Cedar Rapids during the tour on Saturday, June 16, 2018. (photo/Cindy Hadish)
Apartments at tour site Ellis Urban Lofts feature original windows and exposed beam ceilings. (photo/Cindy Hadish)
Board member Nikki Halvorson of Save CR Heritage and property manager Lori Hixson are shown inside Ellis Urban Lofts during the CR Resurgence Tour. (photo/Cindy Hadish)
A sign points to the Shakespeare Garden in Ellis Park, one of the stops on the CR Resurgence Tour. (photo/Cindy Hadish)

 

Members of the Wednesday Shakespeare Club describe the history of the garden during the CR Resurgence Tour. (photo/Cindy Hadish)
Tour-goers leave the Rowell Hardware Building/Dash Coffee Roasters on Saturday, June 16, 2018. (photo/Cindy Hadish)
Tour-goers walk down the stairs after an upstairs apartment at the Rowell Hardware Building was shown during the CR Resurgence Tour. (photo/Cindy Hadish)

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