Let me start off by saying that we're all OK as is the rest of my family in Iowa City, and that our neighborhood had no damage. Other places were not so lucky. As a Friends of Historic Preservation Board Member I set off this morning to document damage. We had three local historic districts suffer significant damage: College Hill, College Street, and Woodlawn. Additionally St. Patrick's church built in 1872 lost its roof, steeple and rosette window from its front facade.
Adding insult to injury, Friends has been working to save an 1880's italianate home from demolition by helping the owner and prospective buyer get together, and worked to help ensure city permits would be attained in a timely matter. There was a public hearing scheduled on this last night and right about the time the meeting ended the tornado took off the porch, roof and a good chunk of the second floor. Now we will work to unhappily salvage from there for other's future use.
Here are photos I took this morning: Other than St. Pat's and the Italianate all the pictures are from a one block area on Iowa Ave.
Italianate on Clinton St.