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.
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
Photos of the Houser-Metzger House
January and February 2016
We began documenting the house in the original location and current condition. This page will show you a variety of interior and exterior images and details.
Demolition at 623 College
March 10 and 11, 2016
Demolition of the fire damaged house at 623 College began the morning of Thursday March 10 and continued until the end of the day Friday March 11.
National Register Eligibility
March 11, 2016
Once moved, the Houser-Metzger House could be considered a contributing structure in the College Green Historic District. We submitted documentation to the State in support of this finding.
Salvage at 623 College
March 7 and 8, 2016
We salvaged windows doors, exterior trim, porch columns railings, radiators, and some siding from the house prior to demolition.
All of April and even a bit of March included time devoted the the creation of the new foundation for the house once moved. The new foundation is vital and expensive part of the project. We had to measure the existing, add code and other upgrades, and get it in place in time. The site and conditions are also tight. Just ask those who park on College Street.
April 24-27, 2016
We only truly had two full days to prepare the house for the move and many things to accomplish. We could not have done it without the help of volunteers.
Goodwin House Movers Begins
April 28- May 2, 2016
Goodwin House Movers from Washington Iowa begins work on the house, preparing to lift it off its foundation on dolleys and steel beams. They work quickly and prep the house in about three days.
Moving Day is here!
May 4, 2016
At 9am we begin and by 11:30am we are by the new site. It takes the rest of the day to get on site and positioned over the foundation. But finally we are safe and home in the new location on College Street.