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Historic Preservation Awarded To Five Dutch Homes

On October 20th, the Historic Pella Trust held an awards evening for residents, homes and landmarks in the Dutch community.

There were five winners of the 2017 Historic Preservation Award: Robert and Robin Schulty; Brent and Kathy Martin; Daniel and Amy Roorda; Paul and Carol Weihe; and Kyle and Shalene Zylstra. There was also a single winner for the 2017 Historic Landmark Award given to the Mayor of Pella, Jim Mueller, for the Sunken Garnden’s Windmill.

The Schulty’s purchased the property at 1014 East 1st Street in 2015. The home was constructed in 1910 and is one of three homes honored that stand on East 1st Street.

1014 East 1st Street – Schulty’s

The second home residing on East 1st Street is owned by the Martin’s at 1010. This home was purchased in 2010 but was constructed in 1915. The Martin’s added a useful addition to the back of the home.

1010 East 1st Street – Martin’s

Daniel and Amy Roorda purchased 1011 East 1st Street in 2014. Over the last three years, the Roorda’s had a complete renovation and restoration of the home. This abode will celebrate its 100th ‘birthday’ next year. The Roorda’s occupy the home next door, which is visible in the photo.

1011 East 1st Street – Roorda’s

The fourth home resides at 314 Liberty Street, purchased in 2006 by Paul and Carol Weihe. The date of erection of the residence is estimated to be prior to 1900. At the time, this home resided catty-corner to East Market Park.

314 Liberty Street – Weihe’s

Finally, the last home is one of the most viewed homes as it lies just off of Highway-163. Kyle and Shalene Zylstra purchased the home in 2007, though it has been in the family for many, many years. Though this home is a piece of Dutch history, it lies inside the Mahaska County limits. Iowa became a state in 1846, fourteen years later in 1860, this home was constructed. Shalene noted that when the home was purchased, “there was a hole in the roof and raccoons living in the crawl space.” Both Shalene and Kyle were in agreement that maybe it would have been better to just bulldoze the property. However, they stuck it out, restored the property and even added a more modern addition to the rear of the building to hold their growing family.

1051 Highway 163 – Zylstra’s

The last award for the evening was handed to Mayor Jim Mueller to recognize the Sunken Garden’s Windmill as a Historic Landmark within the city of Pella. The iconic Dutch windmill is celebrating it’s 80th anniversary. And Mayor Mueller spoke of restoration the city could do to enhance the longevity of the windmill. Mueller noted adding a metal roof, updating the windows and ensuring the structure of the base of the windmill will be necessary for the livelihood as well as modernizing the Dutch landmark.

Dutch Landmark to Receive Historic Award

An iconic Dutch landmark in the city of Pella stands tall just three blocks north of the downtown square.

The windmill at Pella’s Sunken Gardens Park is a piece of Pella’s Dutch history. Both the windmill and park were constructed in 1937 in direct response to Pella’s first Tulip Time, which had been held two years prior. Festival visitors were requesting a place to view tulip gardens, and this park – originally named Tulip Town – was the wonderful result. It was constructed complete with multiple tulip beds, a pond and an authentic life-size windmill.

The windmill and park was erected in the later part of the Great Depression and funded entirely through private donations – painstakingly raised one dollar at a time.

Today, the windmill remains one of the most-photographed attractions in Pella. On the 80th anniversary of the windmill’s construction the Historic Pella Trust is proud to bestow a Historic Pella Landmark Award to one of our community’s most-beloved attractions.

The Historic Pella Trust is an over two decade seasoned non-profit organization that is dedicated to the preservation of the historical buildings in the Dutch community.

Historic Pella Trust’s annual meeting and Dutch Dinner will be held on the evening of Thursday, October 19, at 5:45 PM in the Pella Opera House.

Reservations for the dinner can be made until October 17th at 641-628-8625 and tickets can also be purchased at the Pella Opera House.


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