Friday, April 14, 2006

Tornado Tales

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.

St. Pat's


Italianate on Clinton St.


Iowa Avenue






7 comments:

Patrick said...

What a shame--glad you made it through o.k...

StuccoHouse said...

Humbling what those tornadoes can do. Hopefully, most of the building in your photos can be repaired.

Betsy said...

I am a native of Iowa City (now living in California), and it breaks my heart to see the pictures of the destruction. My family was very lucky, no one suffered any major damage. My heart goes out to everyone there.

jm@houseinprogress said...

Oh wow. Thanks for posting about how you are...I thought of you when I read about the tornados.

Those pictures are devestating. So very sad.

Mike said...

Thanks to all for the kind thoughts. We have been getting calls from our friends throughout the country the last two days, inquiring about our situation. I worked our Friends of Historic Preservation Salvage Barn today which is located at the landfill, it was a steady stream of vehicles with storm debris. It is truly amazing that only about a dozen people in the city were treated for injuries, none of them serious. The path of the tornado was 1/3 mile wide and 3 1/2 miles long.

Becky said...

I'm glad to hear you and your family are ok!

Anonymous said...

Enough with the tornado pics. Show us what's happening in the first floor bathroom! I hope you're documenting it.

Duke