Schemmer’s Project, The Forge, Receives Preservation at Its Best Award

Schemmer's The ForgeSchemmer's project, The Forge (Odd Fellows Building) Restoration and Renovation, has received a "2020 Preservation at Its Best Award" from Preservation Iowa.

Preservation at Its Best Award

Preservation Iowa's website explains that each year they seek to honor statewide successes through the “Preservation at its Best Award.” In doing so, they hope to inspire others to take action to

  • preserve,
  • protect and
  • promote

Iowa’s historic resources. Additionally, the projects awarded to highlight the work being done around the state to preserve our historic infrastructures by re-purposing them to allow reintegration into their local communities. Many of these projects encourage community growth by stimulating the local economy through

  • housing,
  • food industry and
  • bringing Iowans back into their historic districts

which encourages the preservation of Iowa’s rich heritage.

The Forge

The Forge Receives 2020 Preservation at Its Best: Large Commercial

This historic building in downtown Jefferson was chosen as the site for a new tenant. Working with

  • architects,
  • engineers and
  • the State Historical Preservation Society,

the developer made plans to rehabilitate this 100+ year old building, which was formerly known as the Odd Fellows Building and features brick on the front reading “1904.” The project became a remarkable blend of construction that recognized the heritage of the Jefferson community and state-of-the-art architecture and technology into the new 6,000-square-foot space. Schemmer provided architectural services for the renovation of the historic building.

Preservation at Its Best Award The Forge

To read more about the award, click here.

To read more about the project, visit Schemmer's portfolio page here.

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