The Decorah Historic Preservation Commission’s annual Historic Preservation Award identifies individuals or organizations who have made a significant contribution to the identification, study, or preservation of Decorah’s historic built environment. 

2019

Steve and Alice Runde for their commitment to the careful and historically appropriate restoration of the Poultry House and Carriage House on the Weiser Mansion property at 608 W. Broadway.

St. Benedict Parish for their decision to continue to use their architecturally important church building in Decorah's historic and civic center; for their preservation of the historic building itself; and for their sensitive development of the church's addition, which defers to the original building while replicating some of its key features.

Decorah Journal Thursday, May 9, 2019

2018

Five homes designed by local architect Charles Altfillisch between 1920-1960 were recipients of the 2018 award.

Decorah Journal Thursday, May 10, 2018

2017

Norb Bohr, Pete Meyer, and the Decorah Street Department for their ongoing maintenance of the brick paving on Court St., now a contributing object to the National Register of Historic Places Decorah Commercial Historic District.

Decorah Journal News Article - May 4, 2017

Decorah Public Opinion News Article- June 6, 2017

2016

Hacker, Nelson & Co. accounting firm for the sensitivity and community spirit represented in the rehabilitation of their building at 123 West Water Street, particularly in their restoring of the elaborate stonework that graces their building’s corner turret.

Decorah Newspapers Release - May 12, 2016

Decorah Public Opinion News Article - May 19, 2016

Decorah Journal News Article - October 6, 2016

2015

Elizabeth Lorentzen and Ed Epperly for their research, fund-raising, organization, and commitment that led to the thirty signs included on the Decorah “Walk Into the Past".

Decorah Public Opinion News Article - April 28, 2015

2014

David Wadsworth for historic window restoration and for public speaking in Iowa and surrounding states about the process.

Decorah Newspapers Release - August 6, 2014

2013

Mike and Dominique Bockman for their sensitive rehabilitation of the T-Bock’s building at 206 W. Water Street, including refurbishing the original wooden double-hung windows.

Decorah Public Opinion News Article - May 28, 2013

2012

2011

Helen Basler for her leadership and generosity in impressively restoring the Hotel Winneshiek at 104 E. Water Street and her personal residence at 309 Upper Broadway.

Decorah Public Opinion News Article - May 18, 2011

2010

Deborah Bishop for her work with Oneota Historic Futures Alliance and the Winneshiek County Home Caretaker’s House.

Decorah Journal News Article - May 20, 2010

2009

Kevin, Leslie, Daniel, and Carole Sand for their significant contribution to historic preservation through their work on the rehabilitation of the Hoeg House on Center Avenue.

Decorah Public Opinion News Article - May 12, 2009