Documentation of the Howard and Deems Garage

Description

Impact7G thoroughly documented the history of a National Register of Historic Places-eligible garage prior to its removal for a road improvement project in Muscatine, Iowa.  The garage was one of the earliest known commercial automotive properties in Muscatine.  Our team was tasked with developing historic contexts, photographing the building, and creating measured drawings.  Impact7G created a published booklet that provided a narrative about the garage and its importance to the regional automotive industry of Muscatine.

Location

Muscatine, Iowa

Challenge

Impact7G was tasked with providing extensive documentation of a significant automotive garage before removal and present acquired information in a format for general audiences.  Documentation needed to follow Historic American Buildings Survey (HABS) standards.

Solution

Impact7G’s team of dedicated researchers scoured local libraries, museums, newspapers, and published histories to find information related to the garage and its association with Muscatine’s early automobile industry.  Our staff created measured drawings and took high-resolution photos of the garage, all of which adhered to HABS documentation standards.

Project Outcomes

Impact7G combined all information gained from historic archives, photographs, newspaper clippings, and field investigations into a published booklet that catered to people of all ages and walks of life—from schoolchildren to experts in historic preservation.  Our efforts created a lasting document that will provide researchers and community members a resource for exploring how garages and automobile travel shaped Muscatine’s community development.

Skills

Impact7G staff utilized their skills in historic property research, georeferencing of historic maps, computer-generated graphics, and knowledge of regional histories to illuminate the historical and cultural significance of our reliance and passion for automobiles.

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