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Egloff House Open House Scheduled

Egloff House
Egloff House

Persons interested in relocating the Egloff House are Welcome to Attend.

Mason City, IA – The first of two scheduled public open houses at the historic William and Margaret Egloff House will be held on Saturday, April 27, 2013. The house, located at 655 7th St. NE will be open from 1:00pm to 3:00pm. Everyone attending the open house will be required to sign in at the door.

The Egloff House was acquired by the City through the voluntary buyout program following flooding in June 2008. The City is currently soliciting proposals from parties interested in relocating and rehabilitating the house. The house was constructed in 1939 and remains largely intact. The main level of the house includes a living room with a fireplace, office, eat-in kitchen, dining nook, laundry room and half bath. The upper level contains 5 bedrooms, 2 3/4 bathrooms, a family room and two outdoor decks. The house sits on a partial basement. On June 8, 2008, flood water inundated the house to a depth of approximately 2 ½ ft. on the first floor. While flooding did damage to the house, quick action by the former owners to clean and dry the house limited residual damage in the house. Casework damaged in the flood was removed and marked for eventual re-installation.

The house has been determined to eligible for the National Register of Historic Places (NRHP). Acquisition of the Egloff House was funded by FEMA and the Iowa Economic Development Authority. The Mason City Historic Preservation Commission hopes that the house is relocated within Mason City, rehabilitated and listed on the National Register. While constructed as a single-family residence, the house is also well suited to adaptive re-use as a professional office or as a bed and breakfast. Ideally, the house will be used as a single-family residence but a proposal for adaptive re-use will be considered.

FEMA has committed to provide funds to offset a portion of the cost of the move if the new owner commits to maintaining the house’s eligibility for the NRHP. In addition, federal and state historic preservation tax credits may be available. The City of Mason City may be able to provide 100% tax abatement for five years if the house is kept in Mason City and reused as a single-family or two-family residence. Anyone interested in relocating the house is encouraged to be creative and innovative when looking at reuse options for the house.

A second open house is scheduled for June 15, 2013 from 1-3 pm. In addition, help sessions at City Hall have been scheduled on May 2 and June 5. Persons interested in moving any of Mason City’s historic homes can visit after-hours with the project manager and members of the Historic Preservation Commission about the proposal process and get feedback on their proposal.

The Egloff House Relocation is part of the historical mitigation work associated with the City’s flood buyout project. The project is funded, in part, by the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

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