Hotel Winneshiek, Steyer's Opera House - Decorah, Iowa
Iowa State University Morrill Hall - Ames, Iowa
Careful Attention to Detail
Iowa State Capitol - Des Moines, Iowa
Iowa Transportation Museum - Grinnell, Iowa
Investigating Restoration Needs
Ottumwa Theater Facade
The World Food Prize - Hall of Laureates - Des Moines, Iowa

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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. Our passion is 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.

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Upcoming Opportunities

2019 Preserve Iowa Summit

Newton, Iowa
June 8-10, 2019

Look for RDG people presenting on:

*How Historic Design Guidelines Can Positively Impact Your Historic District
*Factory Buildings Reimagined
*Hotel Maytag: Preserving a Town's Past



You might find us on a scaffold, a lift or a bucket hanging from a crane to survey your existing building. Gathering information helps us narrow the unknowns and define the project’s scope.

We Offer Experience in:

Community Development Block Grant Process
Historic Structures Reports
Feasibility Studies
Building Facade Revitalization
Whole Building Rehabilitation
Historic Tax Credit Applications
Space Planning
Historic Design Guidelines

video: west des moines - historic city hall rehabilitation

A film documenting the history, the renovation design and construction process and the LEED updates to rehabilitating a Historic City Hall.

RDG projects featured in USA Today's "25 must-see buildings in Iowa"

See three of our Restoration projects as profiled by AIA Iowa and USA Today in their list of "25 must-see buildings in Iowa." Check out the article here, and click each photo below to find out more!

Iowa State Capitol

World Food Prize - Hall of Laureates

High Trestle Trail Bridge


RDG is a proud member of:
Preservation Iowa
National Trust for Historic Preservation
Construction Specifications Institute

Preservation Iowa