You are invited to join a conversation about Iowa City’s historic downtown, as the City prepares to conduct a survey of the buildings located there.

The City of Iowa City’s Historic Preservation Commission will host a public event called “Let’s Talk! Iowa City’s Historic Downtown” to introduce the survey update, listen to comments and concerns, and answer any questions about the benefits of historic preservation. The event will take place at 5:30 p.m., on Tuesday, Sept. 12, 2017, at The Englert Theatre, 221 E. Washington St.

This fall, a consultant will begin survey work to update information found in a 2001 survey about the Iowa City Central Business District. Work will continue through spring of next year.

The goal of this project is to update information from the report, "2001 Survey and Evaluation of the Iowa City Central Business District" to reflect the changes to downtown that have occurred over the past sixteen years. 

The survey area is bounded by Clinton Street on the west, Iowa Avenue on the north, Gilbert Street on the east and Burlington Street on the south, and includes approximately 115 properties. A map is included below. 

City staff expect that this survey will play a key role in protecting the historic resources that help define downtown’s unique character, as it includes many significant, historic buildings in addition to recent construction.

For event updates and reminders, be sure to RSVP to the Let’s Talk! Iowa City’s Historic Downtown Facebook event page. For more information, contact Historic Preservation Planner Jessica Bristow at or 319-356-5243. 

A map of the boundary for the historic building survey update
A map of the boundary for the historic building survey update

Date of publication

Thursday, August 24, 2017


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