The Winneshiek County courthouse in Decorah is one of 14 historic preservation projects honored in a virtual ceremony recently during the annual Preserve Iowa Summit.

“These outstanding properties give communities a unique sense of pride and place. The adaptive reuse of these iconic buildings is a creative and economic way to revitalize an entire neighborhood,” said Chris Kramer, director of the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs, which oversees the State Historic Preservation Office and is co-hosting this year’s summit with the City of Dubuque.

“It’s thrilling to see owners, architects, contractors and communities work together not only to save Iowa’s historic treasures but to make them focal points to attract new investment into Iowa communities,” Preservation Iowa President Bruce Perry said. “Preservation is a unique way of using our collective history to prepare for Iowa’s bright future.”

The Winneshiek County courthouse was honored with a “Preservation at its Best” award, presented by Preservation Iowa, for Best Public Project.

Describing the project in a statement released by the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs, representatives of Preservation Iowa cited “recent repairs and upgrades to the 1904 courthouse include a new roof, colored LED exterior lighting and a new lightning-protection system to replace one that no longer worked. The project’s leaders also created a comprehensive plan to help county officials maintain the building in the future.”