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Historic buildings in New Bohemia showcased during CR Hearts Tour
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Feb 2018

Historic buildings in New Bohemia showcased during CR Hearts Tour

Tour-goers begin the CR Hearts Tour at the Lunak House, a 1915 Czech immigrant home and now an Airbnb in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. (photo/Cindy Hadish)

CEDAR RAPIDS – More than 75 people toured historic buildings at the south end of New Bohemia during Save CR Heritage’s inaugural CR Hearts Tour.

A snowfall that began Saturday morning ended just before the tour of the six sites began on a seasonal February afternoon.

Tour-goers were among the first to see inside the relocated and restored White Elephant building, along with the Lunak House and Novotny House, two Czech immigrant homes; the Park Fulton Filling Station and Friendly Service Station and the former Ideal Theatre.

All of the buildings were brought back after sustaining major flooding in 2008, and some again in 2016, serving as a testament to the craftsmanship and durability of the historic structures, some of which date to the 1880s, and to the vision of the owners who restored them.

Special thanks to all of the business owners who opened their buildings to the public and to the many volunteers and board members of Save CR Heritage and Czech Village/New Bohemia Main Street District, who co-hosted the event, and to Rustic Hearth Bakery and Great American Popcorn Co. and others who donated food.

The tour celebrated the fifth anniversary of Save CR Heritage, a nonprofit dedicated to raising awareness of the value of historic buildings to the community.

Learn more about each of the historic buildings on the tour, as well as the post-tour sites.

Save CR Heritage has been raising awareness of at-risk historic properties in Cedar Rapids since 2012. Help continue this important educational and advocacy work by donating here. We can’t do it without you!

Tour-goers enter the White Elephant building on Feb. 17, 2018. (photo/Cindy Hadish)
Abigail Huff explains the history behind the White Elephant building in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. (photo/Cindy Hadish)

Original stairs were retained in the White Elephant building, one of the sites on the CR Hearts Tour. (photo/Cindy Hadish)
Chris Wand explains architectural details inside the White Elephant building. (photo/Cindy Hadish)
Tour-goers make their way across Third Street SE during the CR Hearts Tour on Feb. 17, 2018. (photo/Cindy Hadish)

Golden Hammer Collision Center staff tell tour-goers of their plans to open soon in the historic Park Fulton Filling Station. (photo/Cindy Hadish)
Little Bohemia, one of the post-tour sites, is seen across the street from the historic Park Fulton Filling Station. (photo/Cindy Hadish)

Jennifer Pruden, executive director of Czech Village/New Bohemia Main Street District and David Owens, owner of Mad Modern, gave tours of the former Friendly Service Station in New Bohemia. (photo/Cindy Hadish)

A bedroom is seen in the historic Lunak House, one of the sites on the CR Hearts Tour. (photo/Cindy Hadish)
Save CR Heritage president Bethany Jordan talks to tour-goers inside the Lunak House. (photo/Cindy Hadish)
Eryn Cronbaugh gives a wristband to Jessica Bristow of Iowa City at the start of the CR Hearts Tour on Feb. 17, 2018. (photo/Cindy Hadish)

Beth DeBoom works as tour-goers look inside Little House Artifacts, one of the stops on the CR Hearts Tour. (photo/Cindy Hadish)
Tour-goers walk through the Airbnb above Little House Artifacts on Feb. 17, 2018. (photo/Cindy Hadish)
Tour-goers make their way down 16th Avenue SE during the CR Hearts Tour in Cedar Rapids. (photo/Cindy Hadish)

Save CR Heritage board member Nicole Halvorson shares a presentation about the Bohemian Commercial Historic District at the Ideal Social Hall. (photo/Cindy Hadish)
Tour-goers spend time inside the Ideal Social Hall at the end of the CR Hearts Tour. (photo/Cindy Hadish)
Save CR Heritage volunteers take a break during the social hour at the end of the CR Hearts Tour. (photo/Cindy Hadish)
Participants leave the Ideal Social Hall at the end of the CR Hearts Tour in Cedar Rapids. (photo/Cindy Hadish)

3 comments

Rose Slaymaker

What about having a spring, summer and fall tour? Because of weather, I wasn’t able to attend Feb 18 and thought it might be canceled because of snow on boots, etc.tracking into properties on the tour.

Great Idea for the event!

Keep up the great work and good luck with the Clark Mansion. I see no reason that PCI couldn’t expand toward 12th Street rather than destroying the mansion.

Rose Slaymaker

    Cindy Hadish

    Thank you, Rose! We like how you think and are already planning a summer tour. We can add you to our email list to keep you posted.

Dick Mundy

Good pics. I’ll look forward to the next tour. Sorry I missed this one.

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