Interior Painting Workshop

Date:               Saturday, March 11th, 2017 1pm-5pm

Location:        Houser-Metzger House, 623 College Street, Iowa City

With 40 years of experience in the painting field, Terry Philips is the right person to teach you how to paint the interior of your home. The class will teach how to repair and prepare plaster walls for paint and the best techniques to achieve a professional looking paint job without paying for a professional. $20 Member, $30 Non-Member


***SOLD OUT*** Passive Floor Restoration with Bob Yapp 

Date:               Saturday, March 18, 2017 10am-5pm

Location:        Houser-Metzger House, 623 College Street, Iowa City

The old growth wood in our historic floors is a precious natural resource and most floors can only be drum sanded three times before they are at the end of their life. This class will teach how to patch, remove old finish, remove water and pet stains, and apply a finish all without aggressively sanding. $75 Member, $100 Non-Member


Craft Your Environment

Date:               Sunday, April 23, 2017 10am-3pm

Location:        East Side Recycling Center, 2401 Scott Blvd, SE Iowa City, IA



Past Events

Exterior Painting Workshop

Date:               Saturday, October 22, 2016, 10am-5pm

Location:        Houser-Metzger House, 623 College Street, Iowa City

Activities :      Join Terry Philips of TK Enterprises as he teaches how to achieve a 15-20 year paint job. The hands-on workshop will teach how to safely remove lead paint,, prepare wood surfaces, fix damaged lap, understand moisture issues, prime, and paint exterior wood surfaces. $45 Member, $55 Non-Member


Salvaged Window Barn Quilt Class

Date:               Saturday, October 29, 2016, 11am - 2pm

Location:        East Side Educational Center, 2401 Scott Blvd. SE (kitty-corner from the Salvage Barn)

Activities :      This is a new exciting event to turns salvaged materials into art!  FHP is hosting a NEW Barns & Brews event on Saturday, October 29th  from 11:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m at the East Side Recycing Center. Barns & Brews will be offering a fun class where attendees will paint their own customized 2’ x 2’ barn quilt on a salvaged single pane glass window.  And they look awesome!


Window Workshop

Date:               Saturday, January 28th, 2017, 9am-6pm

Location:        Houser-Metzger House, 623 College Street, Iowa City

Taught by Larry Johnson of Fresh Air Window Works, this will be an intense, hands-on opportunity. The class will teach sash removal, paint and glass removal, wood repair, glazing techniques, weather stripping, and sash installation with new sash cords. $75 Member, $100 Non-Member


All volunteers welcome!

Date:                Many dates now through March!

Location:         Various

Activities:        We have more salvages in the next two and a half months than we generally have in any given year! Please wear closed toed shoes and clothes you don't mind getting dirty. We will have safety glasses, gloves, and earplugs available. And make sure to bring your shades! Checkout our Facebook page or call for more information


Parade of Historic Homes - Kirkwood and Summit Street Neighborhoods

Date:                Sunday, May 29, 1:00PM — 5:00PM

Location:         In and around Kirkwood and Summit Streets  (map)

Activities:        Friends of Historic Preservation will host the annual Parade of Historic Homes in and around two of Iowa City’s grandest streets. The tour will feature classic Italianate, Queen Anne, Victorian, and Craftsman homes, historically recreated gardens, a historic commercial building, a wine tasting sponsored by John’s Grocery, and more. This year's tour will again coincide the opening of Plum Grove, the home of territorial governor Robert Lucas, and with the Lucas Farms History Days.

Admission:       $10 FHP Members; $15 Nonmembers. Purchase tickets online, at the Salvage Barn, or at homes on the tour.


Houser-Metzger House Move and Community Party

All members of the Public Welcome!

Date:                May 4, 2016

Time:                10:30 Am and on

Location:         College Green Park

Activities:        Come watch the house move around the park and celebrate with us!


The Secret Lives of Houses: How to Research your House's History

All members of the Public Welcome!

Date:                May 18, 2016

Time:                Noon

Location:         Iowa City Public Library

Activities:        Learn how to research your house with this talk that is part of the celebration of Irving Weber Days at the Iowa City Public Library








P.O. Box 2001

Iowa City, IA 52244


Phone: 319-351-1875





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