National Register Listing
The Aug. 21 National Register listing of the Decorah Commercial District is the completion of a three-year project that began with a small state-funded project feasibility grant in late 2014.
Decorah Historic Preservation Commission Chair Mark Muggli said the project has involved a good deal of work, but that it has gone smoothly, with no changes in the original project goals, cost or timetable.
“Like all such undertakings, the success of this project is due to widespread cooperation among a large number of local individuals and groups,” Muggli said.
The project was made possible by a state of Iowa Historical Resource Development Program REAP grant, which was endorsed by a dozen local civic, governmental and historical/educational groups. The $25,000 state grant was matched by $6,500 in contributions from the Decorah Bank, Depot Outlet, Java John’s and StoryPeople, and by more than 1,000 hours of local volunteer research time. Most of the grant money was used to fund the work of the project consultant, Jan Olive Full of Tallgrass Historians of Iowa City.
“We were extremely fortunate in our selection of Jan Full as our consultant. She did excellent research, but she also held to our timetable and to her projected budget. This project would not have been possible without her,” Muggli said.
Full, in turn, commented on the excellent work of the Decorah volunteer researchers, whose work she incorporated into her 186-page nomination.