Houser-Metzger House- Moving and Saving the House


Friends of Historic Preservation has secured the lot at 623 College Street that was the property and home of Hans and Barbara Breder until it was struck by lightning. The roof fire and subsequent mold and water damage left the house irretrievable and the Historic Preservation Commission approved its demolition and replacement with the Houser-Metzger House located on 422 Iowa Avenue.


The Houser-Metzger House is an example of the Late Victorian Queen Anne style. It has an asymmetrical fa├žade with a hipped roof on the main block of the house and projecting gable sections on the east and south sides. The front-gable section has angled walls on both levels and features square-cut shingles in the gable peak. Built between 1892 and 1898, the house is individually eligible for for the National Register of Historic Places. The house will be moved to the College Green Historic District where it will fit well with the architectural character of the neighborhood and have the protection of the historic district. The house must be moved May 8 or earlier to avoid demolition.


Friends of Historic Preservation needs your support to ensure the success of this project.

Your contribution can be tax deductible. To donate, click here and select the "other" option for your contribution to go toward the house project. Or you can click here to go to our education series.


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