Washington St. 1940 Photo via Library of Congress
UPDATES & EVENTS
Call to Action!
Help Save Iowa City’s Oldest House
Please contact City Council members ASAP and urge them to vote “yes” on the Sanxay-Gilmore agreement. Email them at
The Sanxay-Gilmore House at 109 Market (just west of Gloria Dei Lutheran Church) will be the focus of a City Council vote on Tuesday, June 16. The Council will vote on an agreement drafted by City staff and the University of Iowa, current owner of the house. The agreement spells out that the City would convey to the UI a 24-spot parking lot (1/5 of an acre), which is across the street from 109 Market. The university would move the house to the lot; remodel it for UI use, following preservation guidelines; and have the option, after 40 years, to return it to the City.
Friends of Historic Preservation (FHP), along with the Historic Preservation Commission, has long been working to save the Sanxay-Gilmore House. Although we hoped the house would be preserved in its current location, the proposed agreement is a sound solution. Please help preserve this icon of early Iowa City so it can be used and appreciated far into the future.
March 7th, April 4th, May 2nd....
On the first Saturday of each month, we will have special discount prices available for members of the Friends of Historic Preservation! Discounts vary from month to month! You can purchase a membership on the day of the sale, for as little as $30 a year, which also gets you access to the Tool Library!