Thursday, May 10, 2007

Tour Capsules

Here is a little bit about the other two homes on Friends of Historic Preservation's upcoming Parade of Historic Homes:

645 South Governor-

The original house was most likely built around 1890-1 on land that was formerly part of Strohmn’s Tree Nursery. The Greek-Revival style farmhouse gathered seven additions over the years. The house was in rough condition when purchased by the current owner, Paul Kinney, Five of the additions were carefully deconstructed revealing how the earlier owners incorporated a cistern into the house and moved the kitchen area from the first structure. Over six years Paul restored and updated the house incorporating salvaged materials saved from numerous old houses in the Quad Cities as well as the Salvage Barn. Paul is the salvage barn manager and has ingeniously used recycled materials to make make this a uniquely inviting home.

120 Washington Park Road-

Somewhat hidden by a Douglass Fir and set back from the street is a one and a half story Foursquare that most likely was the original farmhouse in the area. The house is located east of City High School, which was the the original county fair grounds. This area was was platted as Township 79, outside the boundaries of the original plat of Iowa City. In 1909, the area was dedicated as Mt. Schrader. Throughout the years, little had been done to change or maintain the house. Recently, the house has been completely rebuilt and restored by Toomey Construction and its current owner, Geoff Schroeder.

If you're interested in more info about the tour, let me know.

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