Come celebrate the mid-century legacy of late, local architect Henry L. Fisk during a public reception.

The celebration will happen Thursday, Nov. 3 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at the Iowa City Municipal Airport terminal, 1801 S. Riverside Drive, Iowa City. The event is free and open to all. Light refreshments will be served.

The airport terminal, dedicated in 1953, is one of many Iowa City buildings that Fisk designed from the late 1930s until his death in 1962. Fisk was Iowa City’s only registered architect for many of those years.

Fisk is also famous for designing several suburban homes in Manville Heights and River Heights in an innovative style known as Mid-century Modern, which is experiencing renewed popularity today.

A program, beginning at 6:15 p.m., will feature speakers who will talk about Fisk’s work on the terminal, his career and historic preservation. Images of his work will be on display and guest of honor Roland Wehner, who worked with Fisk beginning in 1956, will also be in attendance. 

The reception is hosted by the Iowa City Historic Preservation Commission, the Friends of Historic Preservation, and the Johnson County Historic Preservation Commission.

Sponsors include the University of Iowa Community Credit Union, Thriving Amidst Chaos productivity coaching, Mad Modern Furnishings, realtor Liz Firmstone, and New Pioneer Food Co-op. 

To learn more about Fisk and his work visit  Questions about the reception can be directed to Sue Rhomberg at 319-359-0049, or

Date of publication

Thursday, October 20, 2016