Volunteers awarded at Decorah Historic Preservation Commission event


The Decorah Historic Preservation Commission recently presented its annual Historic Preservation Award.

Norb Bohr and Pete Meyer were recognized for their maintenance of the brick paving on Court Street in downtown Decorah, along with all of the Decorah Street Department. The award continues to show gratitude towards individuals who are dedicated to the Commission’s efforts to have a Decorah Commercial Historic District on the National Register of Historic Places.

Bohr and Meyer have helped keep the brick paving on Court Street intact for many years, according to a press release.

“The Commission evidently tried several years ago to have the Court St. paving included on the National Register, but they learned that the paving was not eligible for nomination on its own,” Commission Chair Mark Muggli said in a press release. “We were excited to learn this year, however, that a structural feature like a street can be included as part of an Historic District.”

The newly paved street will be included in 127 other downtown locations that will be voted on by the State Nominations Review Committee later this spring.

“I think it's really neat that we can honor these folks for their work on this street,” Tony Clarke, commission member, said. “So often the awards go only to major building owners. But this small section of paving adds considerably to downtown Decorah's historic character.”

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