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 façade 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.


We really need to thank all of the wonderful people who have helped us so far:


Andy Peck and Meticulous Masonry     Rick and Emily of Chambers Electric     Jane and Ann with Bea Day Plumbing

Mike Burlage Heating and Air     Dave Stepp     General Tree Service     The Iowa City Historic Preservation Commission

Helen Burford     Mark McCallum     Sandra Eskin     Russ Garret of Garret Construction     Bob Yapp     Clete Rowan of Rowan Fabricators      Judd Bristow     The staff at the Iowa State Historic Preservation Office     Brian and Terry Krueger     Sandy Johnson

Bob Miklo     Chris’ Excavating     Goodwin House Movers     Bill Nowysz     Chuck Aukema     Doug Fisher

Frank and Mark of Wagner Brothers     Ginny Blair     Vern Griffen Concrete     Liz, Joe and Ty from Iowa City Window and Door

Maryls Svendsen     John Loomis     Hans and Barbara Breder     The City of Iowa City     Tom Wilson     MidWest One Bank

United Action for Youth     Delta Zeta     OPN Architects     Save CR Heritage     Jessica’s and Alicia’s friends and family

And all of our wonderful volunteers




















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