Centerville’s HPC works to strengthen city’s economy
Monday, December 14, 2015
Centerville, as the county seat of Appanoose, is a shining example of a city that understands the value of its historic buildings.
The city’s Historic Preservation Commission (HPC) was founded in 1991. The overarching purpose of the HPC is to “promote the educational, cultural, economic and general welfare of the public through the recognition, enhancement and perpetuation of sites and districts of historical and cultural significance.” By working to preserve the viability of Centerville’s historic buildings, the HPC hopes to reach a number of economic goals, including strengthening the city’s economy, attracting tourists, and increasing property values.
The Centerville HPC has worked to achieve National Register of Historic Places designation for the Town Square, which includes the Appanoose County Courthouse and 118 other buildings, including the business district surrounding the Square. It has also achieved the designation for the historic jail and sheriff’s residence, the Drake Public Library, the Second Baptist Church, and the Chicago, Burlington & Quincy Railroad Depot.
The strength of Centerville’s HPC is an important part of the city’s economic development efforts.
For more information on the Centerville Historic Preservation Commission, visit http://www.centerville-ia.org/centerville/government/historic-preservation-committee.