Friends of Historic Preservation (FHP) first organized in 1975 to save one of Iowa City's oldest landmarks, the First Presbyterian Church, also known as Old Brick. Its impending demolition sparked a movement in Iowa City that became a national model for community-based preservation action. Since then, FHP continues to be instrumental in preserving the historic and cultural integrity of Eastern Iowa. Our advocacy includes renovating rental properties into single-family homes, moving houses and rehabilitating them to turn them into single-family homes, holding free educational workshops and national conferences, operating the Salvage Barn and Tool Library, and standing with our communities to protect our history and our neighborhoods.




Helping the Eastern Iowa preserve and protect its architectural heritage while enhancing awareness about the cultural, economic, and environmental benefits of preservation.


Board Meeting


Board meetings are currently held at 7pm on the third Wednesday of the months at the Houser-Metzger House, 623 College Street, Iowa City. Because the Houser-Metger house is currently a construction site, please contact the Alicia Trimble at alicia@ic-fhp.org if you plan to attend a meeting in the near future, so you can be instructed on which entrance to use.


Board of Directors


Tom Baldridge

Kate Corcoran - Secretary

Terry Philips - Vice President

Ben Sandell

Paul Wittau - Treasurer



Audrey Keith - Salvage Barn Sales Associate/ Tool Librarian

Mike Marini - Trades Artisan

Thorin Peugh - Salvage Barn Sales Associate/ Tool Librarian









P.O. Box 2001

Iowa City, IA 52244


Phone: 319-351-1875




Tuesday - Saturday     9-5