Members of the Decorah Historic Preservation Commission Tuesday afternoon celebrated the recent listing of the Decorah Commercial Historic District on the National Register of Historic Places.
The ribbon-cutting outside the Chamber of Commerce building Tuesday afternoon marked the completion of a three-year project that began with a small state-funded project feasibility grant in late 2014. The application to the National Register of Historic Places was made possible by a $25,000 State of Iowa Historical Resource Development Program REAP grant. The state grant was matched by $6,500 in local donations and by over 1,000 hours of local volunteer research time.
Commission chair Mark Muggli said the support the project received was "a sign of Decorah's civic-mindedness." He especially praised the work of the volunteer researchers who studied the histories of 128 downtown Decorah buildings.
Tuesday's event included a reception after the ribbon-cutting, which Muggli said was appropriate. "For today, we'd just like to celebrate."