Parade of Historic Homes - Manville Heights and River Heights
WHEN: Sunday, May 28, 2017 12:00PM — 4:00PM
WHERE: In Manville Heights and River Heights (map)
Every year FHP picks a historic neighborhood to highlight in Iowa City to introduce people to the unique characteristics and outstanding qualities of that neighborhood. The Parade brings attention to the importance of intact neighborhoods, where neighbors support one another and value what each individual and family brings to the neighborhood.
The Parade also showcases Iowa City’s unique heritage and architecture. This year a focus of the Parade will be homes designed by Henry Fisk, a prominent Iowa City architect who practiced in Iowa City from 1934 until his death in 1962. While Fisk’s architectural skills varied widely from English Tudor to Art Deco, he became known in the 1940’s for his innovative Mid-Century Modern designs. Fisk, himself, designed and lived at 243 Hutchinson Avenue, a home which will also be on the Parade this year. Other notable structures in Iowa City that Fisk designed include the original Towncrest shopping plaza, and the Iowa City Airport terminal. With his partner Roland Wehner, Fisk designed the Iowa City ‘Civic Center’– City Hall and the Fire Station downtown and many schools in Iowa City. They also designed the Robert A. Lee Recreation Center together, not long before Fisk’s sudden death, in 1962.
Fisk designed many residences throughout his career, and they are scattered throughout the Iowa City area, with concentrations in Manville Heights and River Heights. You can view many of the local homes Fisk designed by exploring his Residential Designs online at https://henryfisk.com/designs. More information about the architecture of the neighborhood and many of Fisk’s designs can be found in the Architectural Survey of Manville Heights at https://henryfisk.com/architectural-survey-of-manville-heights.
Houses on the tour:
• 243 Hutchinson Avenue
• 612 Park Road
• 715 Park Road
• 160 Oakridge Avenue
• Ned Ashton House- 820 Park Road
• 7 Longview Knoll NE
• 8 Highview Knoll NE
Transportation and Parking
This tour covers a large area both inside and outside of the City limits. Please plan to drive or carpool to the parade. Street parking will be necessary.
For more information about the Parade of Historic Homes, contact Alicia Trimble, Executive Director of Friends of Historic Preservation, at firstname.lastname@example.org.