Jun 2017

Returning a favor: Preservation groups collaborate on Iowa City rehab

Volunteers work Saturday, June 24, 2017, on the historic Houser-Metzger House in Iowa City. (photo/Cindy Hadish)

IOWA CITY — Save CR Heritage members joined forces for a day with Friends of Historic Preservation to work on the historic Houser-Metzger House in Iowa City.

Volunteers worked on window restoration Saturday, June 24, as a “thank you” to Friends of Historic Preservation for a special donation last year.

An attic window is seen in the Houser-Metzger House in Iowa City. (photo/Cindy Hadish)

The Iowa City preservation group donated a staircase railing to the Cedar Rapids organization, as Save CR Heritage rehabilitated the “Frankie House” the group moved in Cedar Rapids.

Friends of Historic Preservation salvaged the staircase railing – known as a balustrade – from the former Women’s Resource and Action Center, 130 N. Madison St., before it was demolished. The balustrade was installed in the Frankie House, the 1890s Bohemian home moved by Save CR Heritage in 2015.

See the salvage day.

The Houser-Metzger House, a Late Victorian Queen Anne-style home built between 1892 and 1898, was moved in 2016 from 422 Iowa Ave. to 623 College St. to save it from demolition. The home is individually eligible for the National Register of Historic Places.

Alicia Trimble, Executive Director of Friends of Historic Preservation, and board member Terry Philips led the window restoration, along with Treasurer Paul Wittau, and Save CR Heritage members Jay Vavra, Nikki Halvorson, Margaret Wolter and Cindy Hadish.

Friends of Historic Preservation is a nonprofit organization that helps the southeast Iowa community preserve and protect its architectural heritage while enhancing awareness about the cultural, economic and environmental benefits of preservation. For more information, see:

Save Cedar Rapids Heritage has a similar mission, dedicated to saving historic resources by developing preservation and reuse strategies, and raising awareness of the value of historic properties.

Learn more about the Frankie House.

Take a virtual tour of the Frankie House.

Alicia Trimble, Executive Director of Friends of Historic Preservation, discusses the rehabilitation work with Save CR Heritage volunteer Margaret Wolter. (photo/Cindy Hadish)
Save CR Heritage board members Jay Vavra and Nikki Halvorson work on window restoration under the direction of Terry Philips. (photo/Cindy Hadish)
A transom window operator in the Houser-Metzger House shows the amount of detail found in historic homes. (photo/Cindy Hadish)
Friends of Historic Preservation has been rehabilitating the historic Houser-Metzger House since moving the home last year. (photo/Cindy Hadish)


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