Jeffris Heartland Fund: HSR

A guest commentary  by Catherine Howe of the EE Warren Opera House Association in Greenfield, Iowa which received a $50,000 Jeffris Heartland Fund Planning Grant to prepare a Historic Structure Report in 2009.  The Historic Structure Report then served as the basis of a $300,000 Capital Campaign Challenge Grant in 2010 that enabled them to raise in excess of $600,000.  They returned to the foundation in 2011 and were awarded a $70,000 challenge grant to complete phase two restorations, and again they met their goal, raising an additional $140,000.  Today the building the pride of Greenfield, operating as the Warren Cultural Center.A guest commentary  by Catherine Howe of the EE Warren Opera House Association in Greenfield, Iowa which received a $50,000 Jeffris Heartland Fund Planning Grant to prepare a Historic Structure Report in 2009.  The Historic Structure Report then served as the basis of a $300,000 Capital Campaign Challenge Grant in 2010 that enabled them to raise in excess of $600,000.  They returned to the foundation in 2011 and were awarded a $70,000 challenge grant to complete phase two restorations, and again they met their goal, raising an additional $140,000.  Today the building the pride of Greenfield, operating as the Warren Cultural Center.

 

The Jeffris Heartland Fund grant provided the catalyst for the E.E.Warren Opera House Association to leap forward full throttle with a well-coordinated partnership effort in developing and implementing a thoughtfully planned major restoration project for Adair County and ultimately the State of Iowa.  The funds from this grant were utilized for the carefully considered professional research and for design concepts needed to plan and describe goals, space usage, and vision for the Warren Cultural Center in Greenfield, Iowa.

 

Funding for the Historic Structures Report impacted not only its completion, but also had far reaching effects in regard to the education and application of the research completed.  First, a Historic Structures Report was a foreign concept to Association members.  In working closely with the team in coordinating its completion, a deeper understanding of the significance of these historical features ranging from events to architecture is a result. The report itself is the basis for all decision making for design, programming, and space usage.  Because of the research completed for the HSR, design concepts used in planning the capital campaign were developed. The HSR is the foundation for development of the interpretation for all facets of the Opera House and Hetherington Block Buildings. The research is used for tours, educational program plans, and grants. This comprehensive documentation, always readily available, is easily an accessed record for marketing, funding, design, planning, preservation, and programming. It is a living document that continues to house discoveries uncovered during restoration and is the repository for present and future significant events.