Preservation Tips & Tools
An informational source for the home owner, contractor or real estate agent interested in buying an older or historic home.
10 Reasons to Repair Old WIndows
A great guide as to why you should repair your old windows from the National Trust for Historic Preservation.
Iowa Site Inventory Form & Instructions
The Iowa Site Inventory form is for gathering information about features of a property. This data becomes part of the Statewide Inventory Program including its computerized database and can help in evaluating a property's potential eligibility to be listed in the National Register of Historic Places. The categories of information, though general and descriptive, are intended to help organize and present data about a property's location as well as the results of visual observation and documentary research.
Once you have filled out the form, you can upload a copy of it along with a picture of the house to the Sioux City Historic Preservation Commission below.
Blue Vinyl Film
"A Toxic Comedy Look at Vinyl, The World's Second Largest Selling Plastic. With humor, hope and a piece of vinyl siding firmly in hand, Peabody Award-winning filmmaker Judith Helfand and co-director Daniel B. Gold travel from Helfand's hometown to America's vinyl manufacturing capital and beyond in search of answers about the nature of polyvinyl chloride (PVC). Her parents' decision to 're-side' their house with this semingly benign cure-all for many suburban homes turns into a toxic odyssey with twists and turns that most ordinary homeowners would never dare to take. The result is a humorous but sobering and uniquely personal exploration of the relationship between consumers and industry in the feature-length documentary BLUE VINYL, which won the cinematography award in the documentary competition at the 2002 Sundance Film Festival and will broadcast on HBO Sunday May 5th," (BlueVinyl, 2014).
THINKING ABOUT BUYING AN OLDER HOME?
So let's assume that you are thinking about buying an older home - what's next? The members of the Sioux City Historic Preservation Commission hope you will recapture some of the original character of your home when it was first built.
Saving Windows, Saving Money
Learn about money saving tools and tips to save your old windows.
Repair or Replace Old Windows
Windows are a big part of older and historic buildings, from Main Street Commercial structures to modernist mid-century residences. Original windows comprise about one quarter of the surface area of exterior walls. Windows often help identify the architectural style, design and give scale to a building.
Identifying Architectural Styles
This page is a collection of documents giving details on the various architectural styles in the Siouxland area which include: Colonial Revival, Craftsman, Prairie, Queen Ann, Richardsonian Romanesque, and Tudor Revival.
How to Identify Strucural Forms
The following guides will help you identify structural styles including: windows, walls, doors, porches, chimneys and roofs.
How to Research Buildings & Homes
There are a number of steps and directions one can go when researching a building or home. The three documents below will get you started on finding the information you need.
Window Preservation Standards Collaboration
"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).