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The 1858 Project

The 1858 project is the rehabilitation of 3 limestone buildings (and one small frame building) in Guttenberg, Iowa They were built in the 1850's by German immigrants from local limestone.   Today, they stand about 400' from Lock and Dam number 10 on the banks of the Mississippi River.  Guttenberg is a quiet fishing village ; one of the most picturesque towns along the entire river.  The Great River Road passes through town along River Park Drive. The project started in July 2008 when I acquired 308 South River Park Drive. I owned 302 SRPD and 304 SRPD. (long story) Actually, I have wanted to do a "rehabilitation" of an old building since my college days. However this is considerably larger project than I had foreseen. The 4 buildings comprise about 15,000 square feet, which will be divided into 10 residences and 3 retail businesses. The exteriors will reflect the original 1850 architecture as best we can while the interiors will be modern. As we go, we are upgrading electric service to modern standards. Insulation and heating are serious issues with 160 year old stone buildings. We believe the solution is closed cell bio-foam. While this is an expensive process, it solves moisture and air infiltration problems . We plan open floor plans with eclectic furnishings from many periods in local history. The complex will have a small plaza behind and between the buildings which will be available to guests, friends and neighbors. As we complete units I will be offering them for rental. We plan furnished apartments from a 385 square foot studio to a 1 bedroom 1700 square foot luxury apartment.

The following pages document the progress.

302 SRPD 304 SRPD 308 SRPD 310 SRPD
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