The Iowa Historic Preservation Alliance is featuring seven sites in its annual awards recognizing efforts to preserve buildings in Iowa. Tim Reinders is on the panel that judges the nominations. He says they judge buildings in several categories including commercial and private properties. Honorees include the “Boyd Cottage” in Des Moines the home of the designer of the Salisbury House in Des Moines; the German American Heritage Center in Davenport, a renovated commercial building from the 1870s; a renovated church in Mills County, and the Scott House in the Jackson Park Historic District of Dubuque. Reinders says one of the public buildings honored is the Orpheum Theater in Sioux City.He says it’s a phenomenal project that has been renovated in ornate detail. The Iowa State Capitol is one of two state buildings to receive “exceptional mention” from the group. He says the detailing of the building speaks for itself. Terrace Hill, which serves as the governor’s mansion, is the other state-owned facility winning attention.He says Terrace Hill also shows a great attention to detail in preservation. This is the seventh year the Iowa Historic Preservation Alliance has handed out its awards for the preservation of Iowa buildings.
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