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Manning’s Past Takes a Step Into the Future

February 17, 2016
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Manning, Iowa, settled in part by German immigrants beginning in the 1880s, took an unusual approach to celebrating the town’s early history. In 1977, the city council passed an ordinance that mandated that all new construction and exterior remodeling within the downtown area be done in a “Bavarian style.” Intended to enhance the town’s tourist appeal and spur economic development, property owners began to install faux half-timber slipcovers and wood shingled canopies to the late nineteenth and early twentieth-century commercial buildings downtown. That “Old World” downtown stood until an initiative was begun about eight years ago to return this area to its historic appearance.

So writes Paula Mohr, Architectural Historian, State Historic Preservation Office of Iowa. Read her entire post on historic preservation in Manning here: Time Traveling….Manning’s Past Takes a Step Into the Future — Medium

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