LORAS COLLEGE DISTRICT

LORAS COLLEGE DISTRICT

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LORAS COLLEGE DISTRICT

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As Loras College continues its efforts to have its history recognized, officials also seek the public’s help in telling the school’s story.

School officials plan to apply for the campus to be placed on the National Register of Historic Places. And as they wade through the history of the campus and its key buildings, they hope that people with ties to the college can help fill in some of the gaps.

“They may have some key bits that we may not have,” said Valorie Woerdehoff, Loras’ director of foundation and government support.

College officials will hold a public meeting next week to provide more information on the application process and to take input from people who want to contribute their own historical knowledge.

As part of the application process, Loras officials are creating a history of the campus and several key buildings, such as Hoffman Hall, Keane Hall and Christ the King Chapel.

Loras students and faculty are working on developing that history, but school officials might not know some of the anecdotal histories that surround the structures, Woerdehoff said. School officials want to hear those local stories from community members and to collect photos and documents as well.

“We wanted to get out of the Loras campus and bring this project to the Dubuque community because, obviously, Loras College is important to the Dubuque community as a whole,” said Duane Hagerty, president and CEO of Heritage Works, a Dubuque historical preservation nonprofit assisting with the Loras application.

Being placed on the National Register of Historic Places would be an important honorary distinction that Loras could use in its marketing, Hagerty said. It also could make available some grants and tax credits for qualifying buildings.

The distinction also would help show the historical significance of Loras, Iowa’s oldest college, Woerdehoff said. Having the designation could also boost tourism, she said.

“It’s a signal to folks that there’s some extra meaning,” she said. “There’s some things they might want to check out.”

The distinction would not impact Loras’ ability to make changes on campus, such as building, renovating and removing buildings, Woerdehoff said.

College officials plan to submit a preliminary application to the State Historical Society of Iowa by early April. The final application would go to the National Park Service in January 2019, Woerdehoff said.

If the designation is approved, Loras would be one of two Iowa colleges to have its entire campus on the register, according to a press release.

Allie Hinga, Telegraph Herald. Oct. 30, 2017

Location

Dubuque, IA

 

Category

Historic Properties Redevelopment, Outreach and Promotion

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DUBUQUE BREWING & MALTING COMPLEX

DUBUQUE BREWING & MALTING COMPLEX

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DUBUQUE BREWING & MALTING COMPLEX

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Over the next several months, Heritage Works will be preparing a National Register Nomination for the entire Brewery site. Heritage Works has partnered with New Leaf Redevelopment Consulting out of Cedar Rapids, IA, to assist the property the owner prepare Federal and State Historic Tax Credit Applications for the Brewery Complex. This will assist in funding the redevelopment of the complex into mix use commercial and residential spaces.

Location

Dubuque, IA

 

Category

Historic Properties Redevelopment

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STEEPLE SQUARE WINDOW RESTORATION

STEEPLE SQUARE WINDOW RESTORATION

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STEEPLE SQUARE WINDOW RESTORATION

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Heritage Works, in collaboration with Steeple Square, Four Mounds Foundation, and Gronen Restoration, coordinated the restoration of two stained glass windows at Steeple Square (the former St. Mary’s Church).

The two windows had the stained glass panels cleaned and restored, their storm glass repaired or replaced, and had their frames restored and re-painted in their historically accurate color.

Some of the nation’s foremost stained glass experts lead the work, including Neal Vogel of Restoric, LLC; Mark Radina of Radina Glass Studios in Aurora, IL; and John Clark of Wardell Art Glass Studios in Aurora, IL. Their crew was comprised of current graduate students and recent graduates, and interns.

Four Mounds Foundation, with assistance from Heritage Works, has developed a Stained Glass Restoration workshop for high school students. The goal of the high school workshop is to introduce high school students to historic preservation, give them hands-on experience, and hopefully spark an interest in preservation and/or developing job skills in construction trades and restoration.

This collaboration is a pilot project for Heritage Works, as we bring together multiple organizations to move forward catalytic restoration projects and provide vocational training opportunities. A special thanks to all our collaborating organizations and individuals to bring this project to life.

Heritage Works’ first collaborative effort was a partnership with Four Mounds and Friends of St. Mary’s to bring a group of skilled craftspeople from Chicago to restore two of the former St. Mary’s church stained glass windows. (See attached Telegraph Herald article.) Four Mounds identified 6 local high school students who observed and participated in the restoration work, earning certificates from NICC.  Heritage Works hopes that this will be a pilot project for developing a unique educational and vocational training program focused on traditional building trades and historic preservation.

Location

Dubuque, IA

 

Category

Historic Properties Redevelopment

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