Iowa commission gives building historic status
IOWA CITY (AP) — An Iowa City preservation commission has given historic status to a building that once served as a boarding house for black college students.
The Iowa City Press-Citizen reports the designation by the Iowa City Historic Preservation Commission should prevent any future demolition or significant exterior changes to the Tate Arms building.
The building was owned and operated by Elizabeth “Bettye” Tate. It was built in 1900 and served as a housing facility for black male students when residential housing at the University of Iowa was segregated. Tate died at age 93 in 1999.
A real estate company owns the property. It plans to build multi-story, residential properties next to the building.