Annual Awards Banquet

In 2005 the City of Waterloo Historic Preservation Commission held its first Awards Banquet to celebrate those in the city that are making a difference when it comes to historic preservation. The commission continues to honor a new group of talented award winners each year and they work to improve the banquet year after year. In 2018 the banquet was moved to its original location, the Grout Museum, which is where it will remain for the foreseeable future.

2024 City of Waterloo Historic Preservation Commission Award Ceremony

The City of Waterloo Historic Preservation Commission will be hosting their Annual Awards Banquet on May 16, 2024 at the Grout Museum. The Historic Preservation Commission is looking for nominations for award winners that are making a difference with historic preservation in Waterloo. Previous award winners have included individuals such as a resident of the Highland Historic District who cleans up the neighborhood to companies such as JSA Development who have made major investments in the community.

Do you know someone or a project that should receive an award? Please fill out this form (pdf) and return it to Lexi Schneider at the City of Waterloo Planning Department, 715 Mulberry Street, Waterloo, Iowa 50703 or email it to You can also submit a nomination by using the online form below. 

Entries need to be returned by March 13, 2024. If you have questions, please contact Lexi at (319)291-4366.


Take a look at past winners:


Cedar Valley Real Estate. Cedar Valley Real Estate is responsible for the restoration of the Historic Friedl Bakery. The organization has transformed the building into a vibrant, safe, and modern commercial and residential space for the multiple tenants within the structure.

Lincoln Savings Bank.  Lincoln Savings Bank worked to bring the Tech I Building at the TechWorks Campus back to its original appearance. Their revitalization of the building brought in different organizations, such as UNI/Hawkeye Advanced Manufacturing Center and Design Lab, Lincoln Savings Bank, Waterloo Chamber of Commerce, and the Cedar Valley Makers. 

Grout Museum. The Grout Museum has continued to maintain the Historic Snowden House in such a way to preserve its historic character and keep it full of life.

Michael Magee. Michael Magee was involved with a variety of organizations such as Cedar Valley Civil War Roundtable (a character member), the Northeast Iowa Genealogical Society, and the State Association of the Preservation of Iowa Cemeteries. He also helped preserve Civil War and pioneer grave sites, produce cemetery indexes, consult for the History Channel and completed many other activities for the preservation of history.  

David W Judge Habitat Walnut