DES MOINES – A historic home in Cedar Falls, a post office in Perry and a church building in Remsen are just a few of the projects that were honored with a Preservation Project of Merit Award from the State Historical Society of Iowa during this year’s 2017 Preserve Iowa Summit in Fort Dodge.
The awards recognize projects that exemplify the best of historic preservation practices, meet the U.S. Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for Rehabilitation of Historic Buildings and use the State Historic Preservation and Cultural and Entertainment District Tax Credit Program.
Perry received the Adrian D. Anderson Award (2015), which recognizes outstanding historic preservation of a project having total qualified costs of $500,000 or less, for improvements to La Poste, formerly the Post Office in Perry.
The U.S. Post Office in Perry, built in 1913, is a beautiful example of Beaux-Arts classicism. The building was used as a post office until the 1960s when it was purchased by the local school district which used it for administrative offices and classrooms. By 2012, the building was vacant, in disrepair and in need of a new use. A group of local women purchased the building and began the process to bring the building back to its original appearance. As La Poste, the building now serves as an events space for weddings, workshops, receptions and other special occasions. In 2016, the building was used for more than 120 events which drew out-of-town visitors to Perry making this building an economic engine and a place of pride for the community.