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DOWNTOWN PRESERVATION: Grant Awarded | Arts & Culture

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Newton is among 12 Iowa Cities and Counties to have been awarded funds from the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs counties to support historic preservation programs across the state.

The awards totaled $91,051 with Newton receiving $8,225 towards the National Register Nomination of Newton’s Downtown District.

The nomination will address three historic contexts: the growth and development of downtown from 1846-1964, the rise of industry and the Maytag Company, and the architecture of downtown from 1866 to 1964. Approximately 60 buildings surrounding the Beaux-arts style county courthouse (1911) will be nominated to the National Register through this project.

“Our community is very excited to be given the opportunity to continue progress on preserving the Newton Downtown. The CLG Grant for our District Nomination Project means a great deal to the community and allows Newton to build on past CLG projects and the increasing momentum for the revitalization of the Newton Downtown.” said Erin Chambers, Newton city planner.

Iowa has the largest Certified Local Government program in the nation, and it is administered by DCA’s State Historic Preservation Office in conjunction with the National Park Service.

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