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May 14, 2013

Historic Pella Trust holds Awards Night

Pella —

Ellie Gosselink, Director welcomed over 100 who gathered to salute the preservation efforts of Historic Pella Trust, Thursday evening, April 25th at Pella’s Opera House. 
Bob Zylstra, President of Historic Pella Trust Board of Directors, gave a brief overview of the programs and preservation goals of Historic Pella Trust for 2013.   
William C. Page, Public Historian of Des Moines, outlined the progress and future status of  Pella’s Collegiate Historic District located on West  First Street, between Independence and Union streets.  Phase one, which included mapping and identifying the designate properties is complete.   Phase two, which includes the placement of these properties on the National Register of Historic Places, is in its first stages of documentation.    
Russ Van Wyk and Matt Vander Linden spoke of their preservation efforts to continue the work that Rich Slings started on the ‘Bean House’ when he moved it to its present site at 315 Independence.  This Greek revival designed home built in 1916 was located at 610 Union for many years.  Russ and Matt worked to preserve many of the original material used when it was built, yet modernized the home so it is energy efficient with modern amenities built into the lovely home.
Stan Vermeer told of work being done on his Victorian Villa located on Highway 163 East of Pella.  Known as the ‘Spite House’, Stan spoke of the complex problems encountered as they worked to modernize this spectacular Italianate Villa.
The evening’s program climaxed with the presentation of awards to local home and business owners. 
-502 Columbus Street.  Built in 1910 by the Wormhoudt Family. This spectacular 103 year home is owned by David and Linda Porter.   
-Presented to Stan Vermeer for their Pella Victorian Villa.
-Kevin and Ramona Gibson were honored for their efforts preserving  their beautiful brick home located at 814 Independence.  Recently acquired by the Gibson’s they have launched a preservation program on this 123 year old Queen Anne style home.

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