Presentations, Events, and Forums


2019 Preserve Iowa Summit
June 6-8, 2019

Don Meyer collaborated with Brennan Dolan, Cultural Resource Project Manager with the Iowa DOT office, on a presentation at the 2019 Preserve Iowa Summit.  The presentation was entitled, “ABCs of 106 for CLGs”.  The focus of the presentation was to inform and educate CLG members on the importance of complying with a Section 106 review when dealing with the future of an historic property listed in the NRHP.  Don shared the issues and process used by the Waverly HPC and the City of Waverly in determining the future of the “Green Bridge”, a NRHP bridge, located adjacent to an historic district in Waverly.    

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2014 Preserve Iowa Summit
Friday, August 22, 2014
3:50 pm at the Cedar Rapids Public Library

Share Waverly's success in how the Historic Preservation Commission spearheaded using FEMA reimbursement funds to complete surveys which were the basis for applications for historic districts. Waverly's was one of 14 success stories at this session. We were required to describe what happened in 3 minutes or less, using 5 images.

Reason for the success and the value of doing survey work
Lessons learned

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Waverly's 3rd Street SE "Green Bridge" monument dedication ceremony 

May 13, 2023

A light drizzle did not deter the festive celebration on Saturday, May 13, 2023, which dedicated a new monument in Waverly’s Brookwood Park. A three-foot-wide commemorative bronze plaque, mounted on salvage from the original but now removed 3rd Street SE “Green” Bridge, was revealed to the fifty attendees at the Waverly Historic Preservation Commission’s (WHPC) 10:30am program. The plaque describes relevant history and includes an etching of the bridge as it appeared in its prime.

Go-Hawk Manufacturing, under the supervision of Waverly-Shell Rock High School Industrial Tech teachers Bryan Benham and Ben Applegate, is the student-led business responsible for the design and fabrication of the structure. Students Jack Thorson and Henry Litwiller proudly cut the ribbon to expose the installation, followed by remarks from Benham about the challenges and opportunities created by this learning experience.

The program, part of WHPC’s annual celebration of National Preservation Month, also included three local awards. Two homeowners received the Waverly Historic Preservation Award, given to properties that are at least fifty years old and demonstrate commitment to preservation of the honored building’s exterior. Jim and Michele Fischer, 606 3rd Avenue SW, and Phillip and Natasha Hoffman, 421 4th Avenue SW, were presented certificates. Their homes will be featured in a future article as well as being added to the WHPC’s website for all winners of this award at

The First National Bank building, located in downtown Waverly at 98 East Bremer Avenue, was added to the Waverly Historic Register. This program recognizes properties or sites in the community that are significant in terms of history or architecture. Owners of the building are Joe Owen, Kelly Cunningham, and Ben Stroh from Cedar Falls. Current tenants on site are The Junkery and The Wooden Foot Saloon. In addition to distinctive architecture, over the years the former bank housed Waverly’s first post office, offices for doctors and other professionals, and a restaurant. A future article will explain its historic story and the building will be added to the Waverly Historic Register webpage at

Stop by on the south side of the Cedar River to view Waverly’s final tribute to an historic bridge that spanned the water at 3rd Street SE. Descriptive signs and “The Visual Sightseeing Binoculars,” a public art installation with 3-D historic and contemporary photographs of the bridge, were dedicated in May 2022, and are also available to see in South Riverside Park.


Inaugural Forum, Historic Tax Credits
Saturday, May 11, 2019
1:00 pm at the Waverly Public Library

Andrew Bell, an architect with Align Architecture & Planning, presented an introduction to state and federal historic tax credits on May 11, 2019.  These programs provide significant financial support for the rehabilitation of historic buildings.  Bell discussed the benefits of the programs as well as project eligibility and an overview of the process.  He and his firm have worked on numerous tax credit projects in the Cedar Valley. For more information, please contact him at or call (319) 233-1163.

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