NTHP works to save America’s historic places.
SHSI in Iowa City has resources that can provide information about historic properties in the area.
This is the standard form used by the State Historic Preservation Office to record information on an architectural or historical property.
SHPO's mission is to identify, preserve, and protect Iowa’s historic resources. Find information about nominating a building to the National Register here, as well as information about tax credits.
The National Main Street Center works with a nationwide network of communities to encourage preservation-based economic revitalization, and has participated in the renewal of more than 2,000 older commercial districts during its 30-year history.
Donovan Rypkema is principal of PlaceEconomics, a Washington, D.C.-based real estate and economic development consulting firm. The firm specializes in services to public and non-profit sector clients who are dealing with downtown and neighborhood commercial district revitalization and the reuse of historic structures.
Construction & Demolition,
Deconstruction & Salvage
Our web page includes link to the November 8, 2014 Salvage Conference videos that you can watch online!
Very helpful FAQs about the differences between deconstruction and demolition by the ReBuilding Exchange in Chicago.
Use this calculator to get the amount of energy "embodied" (i.e. the total energy spent in the production of a building, from the manufacture of materials to their delivery to construction) in your building. Also calculate the amount of energy needed to raze, load, and haul away construction materials for a demolition.
The purpose of this guide is to help policymakers, architects and designers, homeowners, contractors, salvage retailers and economic development professionals work in concert to help create a thriving, sustainable deconstruction and reuse industry.
Quick overview by the EPA about reclaiming used building materials.
A helpful resource for anyone who has donated materials to the Salvage Barn.
15 successful reuse projects within different sectors explored in-depth.
The Building Materials Reuse Association is a non-profit educational and research organization whose mission is to advance the recovery, reuse and recycling of building materials.
A guide for building, construction and environmental professionals.
The IWE is designed to keep waste out of the landfills and in production. Many industry, business and even local governments dispose of items others can use.
Books on Preservation
Historic Preservation by Norman Tyler
A Field Guide to American Houses by Virginia & Lee McAlester
Place, Race, and Story by Ned Kaufman
Buildings, Landscapes, and Memory by Daniel Bluestone
Old Houses by Steve Gross & Susan Daley
Invitation to Vernacular Architecture: A Guide to the Study of Ordinary Buildings and Landscapes by Thomas Carter and Elizabeth C. Cromley
About Your House with Bob Yapp by Bob Yapp and Rich Binsacca
Heritage Conservation in America: An Introduction Paperback by Donovan Rypkema & Caroline Cheong
Economics of Preservation
The Economics of Historic Preservation: A Community Leader’s Guide by Donovan Rypkema
Feasibility Assessment Manual for Reusing Historic Buildings by Donovan D. Rypkema
Public-Private Partnerships and Heritage: A Practitioner’s Guide by Donovan Rypkema & Caroline Cheong
Historic Preservation and Rightsizing: Current Practices and Resources Survey Paperback by Cara Bertron Donovan Rypkema
Historic Preservation Technology: A Primer by Robert A. Young
Paint in America: The Colors of Historic Buildings by Roger W. Moss
Victorian Exterior Decoration: How to Paint Your Nineteenth-Century American House Historically by Roger W. Moss & Gail Caskey Winkler
Bungalow Colors: Exteriors by Robert Schweitzer
Mail-Order Homes: Sears Homes and Other Kit Houses by Rebecca L. Hunter
Montgomery Ward's Mail-Order Homes; A History and Field Guide to Wardway Homes by Rosemary Thornton and Dale Wolicki, Rosemary Ringer and Wayne Ringer
Iowa City Preservation
19th Century Home Architecture of Iowa City by Margaret Keyes
Certain Stylistic Trends in Architecture in Iowa City by Edwin Charles Ellis
Finials: A View of Downtown Iowa City by Marybeth Slonneger (available at Prairie Lights and the Salvage Barn)
Iowa City: An Illustrated History by Gerald Mansheim (available at used book stores)
American Classic by Laurence Lafore (available at the Salvage Barn and the State Historical Society of Iowa, Iowa City location)
Survey and Evaluation of the Central Business District: Iowa City, Iowa by Marlys A. Svendsen
Iowa Preservation & Historic Buildings outside Johnson County
Fairfield at the Turn of the Century by Mark Shafer
Historic Architecture of Muscatine, Iowa by The City of Muscatine
Portrait and Biographical Album of Linn County, Iowa by Chapman Brothers
Preservation Across Iowa
The Iowa Capitol: A Harvest of Design by Linda Johnson & Jerry Miller
Victorian Architecture of Iowa 2nd Edition by William Plymat Jr.
Iowa Stereographs: Three-Dimensional Visions of Iowa by Mary Bennett & Paul C. Juhl
Prairie Jewels: Iowa's Courthouse by David Richmond and Michael Adams (available at Prairie Lights)
Preservation Outside Iowa
Great Houses of Summit Avenue and the Hill District by Karen Melvin, Paul Clifford Larson, Bette Hammel , Melinda Nelson, & Dave Kenney
Books & Readings on Iowa History
An Iowa Album: A Photographic History, 1860-1920 by Mary Bennett
Picturing Utopia: Bertha Shambaugh & the Amana Photographers by Abigail Foerstner
The Amanas Yesterday: A Religious Communal Society by Joan Liffring-Zug
Jones County, Iowa
History of Jones County, Iowa 1879- by Western Historical Company
Cedar Rapids & Linn County, Iowa
Tales of the Town: Little-Known Anecdotes of Life in Cedar Rapids by Ralph Clements
Portrait and Biographical Album of Linn County, Iowa by Chapman Brothers
Seven Ages of a City: A Pictorial history of Cedar Rapids by Sutherland Dows
Leading Events in Johnson County, Iowa History by Clarence Ray Aurner
Iowa City: a Contribution to Early Iowa History by Benjamin Shambaugh
Lest We Forget: Coralville 1873-1973 by Jean Schwab
Lone Tree, Iowa: The Pioneers and Their Descendants by Edith Schessler, Alta Lenz, and Albert Lenz
The Burg: A Writers' Diner by Marybeth Slonneger
Wetherby's Gallery: Paintings, Duguerrotypes, & Ambrotypes of an Artist by Mary beth Slonneger (available at the Salvage Barn, Haunted Bookshop, and Prairie Lights)
Small but Ours: Images and Stories from a Nineteenth Century Bohemain Neighborhood by Marybeth Slonneger
Iowa City: A Sense of Place by Bob Hibbs
Iowa City: A Sense of Place Volume II by Bob Hibbs
"Indians and the Land" chapter from An Iowa Album: A Photographic History of Iowa, 1860-1920 by Mary Bennett
"Meskwaki Code Talkers" by Mary Bennett
William Jones by Sophilia Keahna
Polk County, Iowa
From Cabin to Capital by the State of Iowa Department of Public Instruction (history book targeting upper elementary school, 1971)
Washington County, Iowa
Wellman Iowa 1970-1979 by Wellman Centennial Commi
Van Buren County, Iowa
Van Buren County, Iowa: A Pictorial History by Villages of Van Buren
Repairing existing residential buildings produces about 50% more jobs than building new ones. Nationally, about 41% of the cost of residential repair goes to labor. For new construction, that number is just 28%, meaning considerably more than half of any investment in a new home goes not to construction jobs, but to materials, equipment and things like trucking services. [The Atlantic]
Environmentally, deconstruction reduces construction and demolition (C&D) waste, reduces air pollution, reduces carbon dioxide emissions, abates the need for new landfills and incinerators, preserves resources and saves energy by decreasing the extraction and processing of raw materials, and supports sustainable building practices. [Delta]
Building-related construction and demolition (C&D) debris totals more than 136 million tons per year, or nearly 40% of the municipal solid wastestream. [EPA]
According to Environmental Building News, building construction accounts for nearly 30% of all raw material consumption [Design for Reuse Primer]
It is estimated that over 25% of the buildings existing in 2000 will be replaced by 2030. [Design for Reuse Primer]
According to the Deconstruction Institute, every ton of reused wood avoids the emission of 60 pounds of greenhouse gases created when new lumber is harvested and milled. [Design for Reuse Primer]
Savings from reuse are between 4 and 46 percent over new construction when comparing buildings with the same energy performance level. [The Greenest Building]
The Brookings Institution projects that some 82 billion square feet of existing space will be demolished and replaced between 2005 and 2030 – roughly one-quarter of today’s existing building stock. Each year, approximately 1 billion square feet of buildings are demolished and replaced with new construction. [The Greenest Building]
On average, materials are trucked 497 miles to a building site. Demolished/replaced materials travel 45 miles on average to their respective disposal or processing (e.g., recycling, incineration) destinations. In actuality, distances can vary widely, as some building materials are transported from the other side of the world. [The Greenest Building]
The Institute for Local Self-Reliance estimates deconstruction could divert up to 24 million tons of demolition waste each year for reuse. [Institute for Local Self-Reliance]
Guides & Tutorials
These 47 briefs, published by the National Park Service, provide guidance on preserving, rehabilitating, and restoring historic buildings and help historic building owners recognize and resolve common problems prior to work. They cover anything from mothballing a historic home to repairing wooden shingle roofs.
Provides owners of existing and newly constructed homes with information and resources to assist them in efficiently operating and maintaining their homes. Emphasis on best practices for Iowa.
P.O. Box 2001
Iowa City, IA 52244