Waterloo Historic Preservation Awards

The Waterloo Historic Preservation Commission is inviting the public to its 2024 awards ceremony on May 16 at the Grout Museum. The Historic Preservation Commission is collaborating with Main Street Waterloo to bring you Tour De Loo and the awards ceremony in one fun-filled evening.

Tour De Loo begins at 4:30 p.m. and goes until 7:00 p.m. A social hour at the Grout Museum will be held from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. with the awards ceremony at 7:00 p.m. and more social time to follow until 9:00 p.m.

Tour De Loo showcases what is new, recently renovated, and being revitalized in downtown Waterloo. You are invited inside buildings that are undergoing a major renovation, being built and recently renovated.

Four recipients were chosen by the Historic Preservation Commission to receive recognition this year.

BillyBillie Bailey - Billie Bailey has been an asset to the Grout Museum and Waterloo’s history for the past 43 years. Among her many accomplishments as the Grout Museum Executive Director, she was part of the team that led Waterloo to receive the “World War II Heritage City” designation by the National Park Service in early 2024.

Jim Walsh - Jim Walsh was an integral part of the revitalization of downtown Waterloo. His dedication and tireless efforts to transform the once neglected urban landscape into a vibrant community hub are seen throughout the projects JSA Development has completed.

Walnut ChurchThe 415 Walnut Collective - The 415 Walnut Collective has used a high level of community engagement to preserve the Walnut Baptist Church. The group has been dedicated to ensuring the building is brought back to life in a way that celebrates its history and uses it as a resource to the community.

JSA Development, Old Fire Station at 716 Commercial St. - The 1920 fire station at 716 Commercial Street is a great representation of JSA Development’s dedication to preserving the architectural history of downtown Waterloo. The company has ensured the building will continue to be relevant and add to the local history in Waterloo. 716 Commercial Street

To attend Tour De Loo and the Historic Preservation Commission awards ceremony, visit [www.MainStreetWaterloo.org/tourdeloo]www.MainStreetWaterloo.org/tourdeloo to purchase tickets for $15. 

In 2005, the Waterloo Historical Preservation Commission held its first awards ceremony to celebrate those in the city that are making a difference in historical preservation. To view past recipients, visit our website.