Washington St. 1940 Photo via Library of Congress


Iowa City City Council Candidate Interview Responses


View Candidate responses to questions posed by the Friends of Historic Preservation board members. Our goals are to better understand each candidate's attitudes about preservation and their knowledge of local preservation issues.

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Featured Locations

Sanxay Gilmore House


Built in 1843 at 109 E. Market, the Sanxay-Gilmore House is Iowa City’s oldest house within the original city limits. The University of Iowa, its current owner, says it has no intentions to demolish it or do anything on the site for the next three years. Its future is clearly uncertain. Note that the University recently demolished three nearby houses; one had been home to Tennessee Williams. Help us keep an eye on the handsome, historic Sanxay-Gilmore House. 




Built in the 1890s, on Iowa Avenue, this Queen Anne house faced demolition a few years back. Friends of Historic Preservation moved it to an available lot, 623 E College, in the College Green Historic District, thus keeping 50 tons of old-growth wood out of the landfill. We put a solid old house on a modern foundation, made necessary updates, restored its Victorian charm, and found a young family who now calls this house home.

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Samuel Kirkwood House


This house was built in 1864 and was home to Governor Samuel Kirkwood.  He was governor of Iowa during the Civil War years. He also served as a U.S. Senator and U.S. Secretary of the Interior under President James Garfield from March 8, 1881 to April 17, 1882.

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