Historic Preservation Fort Madison Landmarks Fort Madison, Iowa

The historic district in downtown Fort Madison contains a wealth of buildings dating back to the late 1800s. Three buildings were scheduled for renovation, providing upper level apartments with retail space below.

The Lee County Bank building was originally comprised of banking space on first floor with offices on the second level and meeting rooms on the top floor. After the renovation, the building will feature 14 units on the two upper levels with a restaurant on the main floor.

The Sears Building was originally home to the Lempke Brewery. The property is currently made up of four separate structures linked together. An elevator serves the second floor of the main building which will contain 10-11 units; a combination of studio, one bedroom and two bedrooms. The greatest challenge of this project is to restore the original storefront look of the first floor, as windows were removed and infilled with mosaic ceramic tile in the 1960s.

The historic Metropolitan Hotel, which began a renovation in the 1950s into dental offices for the owner’s son, was boarded up during construction due to the unexpected death of the son. The building sat untouched for nearly 50 years. Before construction could begin in 2012, the building was completely destroyed in a fire.

Morning Star Studio is providing Architecture and Structural Engineering services for this project.

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