Earlham’s Bricker-Price Block Celebrates Rededication –
February 10, 2018

The Bricker-Price Block is ready to open and begin its mission to expand educational, cultural and recreational opportunities for Iowans through the restoration and redevelopment of the historic Bricker-Price Block (105/115 South Chestnut) in the heart of the vibrant, rural community of Earlham, Iowa. The vision of this project has been to create a revitalized streetscape which honors community history yet provides relevant 21st century educational, recreational, social, and cultural experiences. Upstairs, a modern gathering space will provide opportunities for classes, culinary explorations, celebrations, and more. The Bricker-Price Block will feature the Bird’s Nest Teen Center, sponsored by Casey’s General Store, as well as the Prairie Meadows Culinary Teaching Kitchen.

Tickets to their February 10, 2017 Rededication can be purchased at: http://bit.ly/BrickerPriceGala

Built in 1900 to house the C.D. Bricker grocery and general store business and leased commercial space in the W.P. Price Building, with second-floor offices above each, the Bricker-Price Block also includes a 1919 one-story rear warehouse addition to the Bricker Building. These two adjoining but separately owned buildings were built at the same time by the same builder with a unified façade and matching cast-iron storefronts.  The two buildings are jointly known historically as the Bricker-Price Block and were recently listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Here are some highlights from the Block’s progress over the last 18 months:

Working with Historic Properties

The Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for the Treatment of Historic Properties and accompayning guidelines. are common sense historic preservation principles in non-technical language. The Standards and Guidelines can be applied to historic properties of all types, materials, construction, sizes, and use. They include both the exterior and the interior and extend to a property’s landscape features, site, environment, as well as related new construction.

  • Standards are a series of concepts about maintaining, repairing, and replacing historic materials, as well as designing new additions or making alterations. The Standards offer four distinct approaches to the treatment of historic properties—preservation, rehabilitation, restoration, and reconstruction – with Guidelines for each. They are regulatory for all grant-in-aid projects assisted through the National Historic Preservation Fund. The Standard for Rehabilitation (link: http://www.nps.gov/tps/standards/rehabilitation.htm)is of special interest because it is used for the review done as part of the Historic Preservation Tax Incentives program.
  • Guidelines offer general design and technical recommendations to assist in applying the Standards to a specific property. Together, they provide a framework and guidance for decision-making about work or changes to a historic property. They are advisory, not regulatory.

Federal agencies use the Standards and Guidelines in carrying out their historic preservation responsibilities. State and local officials use them in reviewing both Federal and nonfederal rehabilitation proposals. Historic district and planning commissions across the country use the Standards and Guidelines to guide their design review processes.

The four approaches to the treatment of historic properties are:

  1. Preservation focuses on the maintenance and repair of existing historic materials and retention of a property’s form as it has evolved over time.
  2. Rehabilitation acknowledges the need to alter or add to a historic property to meet continuing or changing uses while retaining the property’s historic character.
  3. Restoration depicts a property at a particular period of time in its history, while removing evidence of other periods.
  4. Reconstruction re-creates vanished or non-surviving portions of a property for interpretive purposes.

Helpful Links

Iowa’s State Historical Preservation Office

Complete Standards and Guidelines

Illustrated Guidelines for Rehabilitation of Historic Buildings

Preservation Briefs (Technical How-To’s)

Federal Historic Preservation Tax Incentives

State of Iowa Historic Preservation Tax Incentives

National Register of Historic Places Program: Fundamentals

National Register of Historic Places Program: Frequently Asked Questions

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