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


Tom Baldridge

Kate Corcoran - Secretary

Terry Philips

Ryan Prohaska

Ben Sandell

Vero Smith

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



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P.O. Box 2001

Iowa City, IA 52244


Phone: 319-351-1875

Email: alicia@ic-fhp.org



(We are transitioning back to full time hours by

March 1. Hours may change weekly until then.)

January Hours

Tuesday - Thursday 10am -5pm

Friday and Saturday     9-5