Rare brick home in Cedar Rapids faces demolition; offered free to move
By Cindy Hadish/Save CR Heritage
CEDAR RAPIDS – A rare brick house that predates an entire neighborhood in southeast Cedar Rapids will be demolished if no one steps forward to move it.
The Historic Preservation Commission placed a 60-day hold on the demolition permit requested by owners of the home at 520 Cobban Ct. SE. That hold expires Oct. 8, 2018.
Representatives of the group said they have owned the house for about two years and have no immediate plans for the property, but fear break-ins at the vacant building.
They allowed an antiques dealer to salvage some architectural features from the home’s interior, but the exterior remains intact.
The group will offer the home to someone who can move it for free and have offered to show the home to anyone interested in moving it. They will not put the expenses they would save on demolition toward the cost of moving the home, which predates the 1890’s street where it was built.
“This has great exterior elements,” said Mark Stoffer Hunter, chairman of the Historic Preservation Commission.
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Stoffer Hunter noted that the home was likely built as a farmhouse before the neighborhood around it, which includes nearby McKinley Middle School, was created.
The home is individually eligible for the National Register of Historic Places, but this wouldn’t be the first historic home demolished in Cedar Rapids, which has seen a string of demolitions of historic buildings this summer, even after more than 1,200 homes and 200 businesses were demolished in the wake of the devastating 2008 flood.