Over the years, Dubuque has established a fantastic historic preservation program that includes numerous events and workshops for the preservation minded. This May, they are offering three programs that vary from a 40 minute lecture to a 2 day hands-on workshop covering energy efficiency, various restoration aspects, including window restoration and more. Take a look below to learn more about these fantastic upcoming events from Dubuque, Iowa.
"Commonly referred to the as the Federal Historic Tax Credit (HTC), the HTC is designed to not only preserve and rehabilitate historic buildings, but to also promote the economic revitalization of older communities in the nation’s cities and towns, along Main Streets, and in rural areas. Targeted to income-producing buildings, the HTC program is the largest and most effective Federal program specifically supporting historic preservation. Since the program’s inception in 1976, the National Park Services has certified the rehabilitation of more than 38,700 historic buildings throughout the United States," (NPS, 2014).
"The national Window Preservation Standards book catalogs specific methods for the assessment, maintenance, repair, preservation and weatherization of older and historic wooden windows. Many detailed methods, procedures and materials are included, as well as basic strategies for saving older and historic windows. The Standards were developed and written by more than 100 window specialists who collaborated from all across the United States and Canada. 107 pages with 49 illustrations, color cover, black & white interior, 8.5″ x 11″," (WSPC, 2014).
By: Kent Morrison
While Google’s search engine, e-mail, and other web-based services are convenient, the combination of Google Earth and Google SketchUp offers an outstanding application for historic preservation and planning. Using these tools, your community can affordably create and use a 3D environment in which the existing and the proposed can be viewed side by side, before ever being built. This article introduces Google Earth and related tools and shows how they are facilitating community vision and historic preservation. (Originally Published in Main Street Now, Jan/Feb 2010) - Read More
Is your home part of Sioux City's history?
It's said that it takes a heap o'livin' to make a house a home, and there are many houses in and around Sioux City that meet that qualification. If you have an older home, it probably has had an interesting and perhaps even important historic life. George Washington never slept in a Sioux City home, but during more than a century and a half of exploration, settlement and growth, Sioux City has many historic houses, buildings, and places that are the sites of important events and the homes of significant people. You may live in one of those homes and not even know it.