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 Johnson County. Our advocacy includes renovating rental properties into single-family homes, holding free educational workshops and national conferences, and operating the Salvage Barn and Tool Library. In 2007, the National Trust for Historic Preservation recognized FHP for its tornado recovery efforts in Iowa City with the National Preservation Honor Award.
Helping the Johnson County community preserve and protect its architectural heritage while enhancing awareness about the cultural, economic, and environmental benefits of preservation.
Board of Directors
Kate Corcoran - Secretary
Will Toomey - Acting President
Paul Wittau - Treasurer
Alicia Trimble - Executive Director
Jessica Bristow - Development Director
Audrey Keith - Salvage Barn Sales Associate/ Tool Librarian
Mike Marini - Trades Artisan
Thorin Peugh - Salvage Barn Sales Associate/ Tool Librarian