Waverly East Bremer Avenue Commercial Historic District

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Waverly East Bremer Avenue Commercial Historic District
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Location E. Bremer Ave.
Waverly, Iowa
Coordinates 42°43′32.9″N92°28′08.4″W / 42.725806°N 92.469000°W / 42.725806; -92.469000 Coordinates: 42°43′32.9″N92°28′08.4″W / 42.725806°N 92.469000°W / 42.725806; -92.469000
Area 12 acres (4.9 ha)
Architectural style Italianate
Queen Anne
Classical Revival
Art Deco
MPS Iowa's Main Street Commercial Architecture MPS
NRHP reference # 14000174 [1]
Added to NRHP April 24, 2014

The Waverly East Bremer Avenue Commercial Historic District is a nationally recognized historic district located in Waverly, Iowa, United States. It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2014. [1] At the time of its nomination it contained 53 resources, which included 41 contributing buildings, and 12 non-contributing buildings. [2] The historic district covers a portion of the city's central business district between the Cedar River on the west and the former right-of-way for the Chicago Great Western Railway on the east.

Historic districts in the United States group of buildings, properties, or sites that have been designated as historically or architecturally significant

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Waverly, Iowa City in Iowa, United States

Waverly is a city in Bremer County, Iowa, United States. The population was 9,874 at the 2010 census. It is the county seat of Bremer County and is part of the Waterloo–Cedar Falls Metropolitan Statistical Area.

National Register of Historic Places federal list of historic sites in the United States

The National Register of Historic Places (NRHP) is the United States federal government's official list of districts, sites, buildings, structures, and objects deemed worthy of preservation for their historical significance. A property listed in the National Register, or located within a National Register Historic District, may qualify for tax incentives derived from the total value of expenses incurred preserving the property.

The buildings are generally brick and two stories in height, but there are one- and three-story buildings as well. The first floors continue to house commercial retail stores, while the upper floors house offices, apartments or are vacant. The exceptions are the Chicago Great Western Railway Depot (1904), the Waverly Municipal Hydroelectric Powerhouse (1909), the US Post Office building (1936), and the Lutheran Mutual Aid Society Home Office Building (1932, with later additions). The powerhouse is individually listed on the National Register. The period of significance is from 1855 to 1964, and the buildings are constructed during that time frame. [2] Most of the buildings are second generation structures that replaced single-story frame structures. Architectural influence came from the commercial Italianate, Queen Anne and Neoclassical styles. Most of the buildings line both sides of East Bremer Avenue, with a few on First Avenue SE.

Waverly Municipal Hydroelectric Powerhouse building in Iowa, United States

Waverly Municipal Hydroelectric Powerhouse is a historic building located in Waverly, Iowa, United States. Mills were established on both sides of the Cedar River from the earliest years of Waverly, and they created the dam across the river. The towns first electric plant was privately owned and was established in the 1880s. The city bought the water rights and the dam in 1890, a new privately operated power plant went into operation in 1896. In 1908 the power plant was destroyed in an explosion and fire. Waterloo, Iowa architect John G. Ralston in collaboration with the Fargo Engineering Company of Jackson, Michigan designed the new facility that was completed the following year. A large wing that housed three diesel electric generating units, and an office addition were completed in 1938. The red brick facility features Neoclassical details, and is located on the east bank of the Cedar River. The building was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2013. It was included as a contributing property in the Waverly East Bremer Avenue Commercial Historic District in 2014.

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