Grant Wood Studio

Cedar Rapids, Iowa
  • Client
    Cedar Rapids Museum of Art
  • SQ. FT.
    1,700 square feet
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The Cedar Rapids Museum of Art requested OPN Architects provide services necessary for the exterior and interior restoration of Grant Wood Studio, 5 Turner Alley. The modest structure, originally a carriage house, was converted by Grant Wood, on the second floor, from hay loft to his studio and home where he resided from 1924 until 1935. A number of his most famous works of art were created within its walls including American Gothic and Stone City. OPN Architects conducted a detailed exterior historic conditions assessment and assisted the Museum with improvement and restoration priorities for both the interior and exterior of the building. The exterior restoration is now complete with interior restoration phase awaiting additional funding. Restoring the integrity of the weather envelope with attention to historic detail was the first priority. The entire restoration adhered to the Secretary of the interiors Standards for Rehabilitation with a targeted date of 1928 for reference.  Restoration efforts included a new roof to match the period and significant repair to the cupola. Skylights, glass, and damaged wood trim were restored or replaced with material and profiles to match originals. Masonry repair and metal window restoration were integral to restoring the original appearance and water tight integrity to the building.

Special Services: Petrographic mortar analysis, Historic material investigation, Historic paint analysis

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