Contact us about your project
History is an ongoing story. We’re passionate about continuing it.
Some projects strive for a strict interpretation. Others strike a balance with modern amenities. Whatever yours requires, we’ll guide you through the process — from tax credits and grants to historic preservation standards. We're passionate about architectural restoration, historic preservation, and adaptive reuse. We're all about restoring, preserving and rehabilitating buildings using the gentlest means possible. In the end, every project is a unique celebration that respects the past, serves the needs of current users, and creates a statement for future generations.
Several RDG professionals were presenters at the 2020 Preserve Iowa Summit. Check out recordings of their sessions!
Music History as a Preservation Catalyst
Revitalization of Dubuque's Central Avenue Corridor
How the Big Muddy has Shaped Today's Communities
View more videos from the Summit on the Iowa Culture YouTube site.
What Do We Do With This Big Empty Industrial Building?
In the News
Historic Hotel Maytag Once Again is an Economic Contributor in a Small Community
Featured Article in Retrofit Magazine / May 2021
Edna Griffin Building Renovation Recognizes Its History
Featured Story on KCCI news
Seven Dolors Catholic Church - Preservation Awards
Iowa 2019 Preservation at its Best Awards
What do the Terms Mean?
Preservation focuses on the maintenance and repair of existing historic materials and retention of a property's form as it has evolved over time.
Rehabilitation acknowledges the need to alter or add to a historic property to meet continuing or changing uses while retaining the property's historic character.
Restoration depicts a property at a particular period of time in its history, while removing evidence of other periods.
Reconstruction re-creates vanished or non-surviving portions of a property for interpretive purposes.
Adaptive reuse is the process of re-purposing an existing building for a purpose other than what it was originally designed for. The building may or may not be of historical significance.
Check with us for help with:
Community Development Block Grant Process
Historic Structures Reports
Building Facade Revitalization
Whole Building Rehabilitation and Restoration
Historic Tax Credit Applications
Historic Design Guidelines