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The mission of Friends of Historic Preservation is to encourage the preservation of historic buildings, landscapes, and neighborhoods in Southeast Iowa through a combination of public education efforts, advocacy measures, and rehabilitation projects.
FHP advocacy work includes preservation of historic buildings and neighborhoods and being advocates for those without a voice. We host and speak to dozens of groups each year. We assist people in their historic tax applications, nomination forms, and grants.
Education programing includes hands-on projects such as window restoration, floor restoration, painting classes, laying a reclaimed floor, and others. Other classes include, historic tax credits, historic register nominations, and researching your home.
Our devotion to sustainability includes the Salvage Barn, where volunteers and staff remove architectural features that would be lost when a building is razed. The items are then brought to the Salvage Barn to prevent them from becoming landfill material. FHP saves houses from demolition, rehabilitating them into single family homes. Our current project the Houser-Metzger House, now located at 623 College St in Iowa City, was once on Iowa Ave and slated for demolition. The house qualifies for the National Register of Historic Places and is important to the history of Iowa City. In 2013 FHP opened Iowa City’s only tool lending library, which enables individuals to use tools for their own projects. FHP is in the process of opening a second Tool Lending Library and Salvage Barn at the historic Mills Seed Building in Washington, IA. Every year FHP cohosts Craft Your Environment at the Recycling Center, where all vendors must incorporate recycled materials into their projects.