FD gets DCA grant

Deciding what to do with the windows is one of the challenges facing anyone planning the rehabilitation of a historic building.

To help building owners meet that challenge, the Fort Dodge Historic Preservation Commission and city staffers are planning a series of four educational sessions regarding energy efficency and older windows.

A $2,451 grant from the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs will help pay for those sessions. The grant was announced Wednesday by the state agency.

The Self-Supported Municipal Improvement District will provide $300 for the program. The Self-Supported Municipal Improvement District is a roughly 33-block downtown area in which property owners pay an extra tax to finance improvements there.

A schedule for the window sessions hasn’t been set.

The first session will be an overview of energy efficency issues in older buildings, according to Stephanie Houk Sheetz, the senior city planner. She said Bill McAnally, a retired carpentry instructor at Iowa Central Community College, will lead the session.

The following two sessions will focus on window restoration and will be led by experts in the field, according to Sheetz

The final session will showcase several completed window rehabilitation projects.

Sheetz said she’s heard questions and concerns about historic windows since the city launched a forgivable loan program about two years ago to help pay for building facade improvements.

”We’re hearing that theme a little more frequently,” she said.

She added that historic windows have been a ”hot topic in the preservation world for a long time, as I understand it.”