The Historic Pella Trust, established in 1994, is a non-profit preservation group who helps to preserve Pella’s architectural resources so that future generations will continue to be enriched by the historic legacy of Pella’s Dutch heritage and culture. We serve in a counseling and advisory capacity regarding historically correct architecture and disseminate information regarding restoration and reconstruction of facilities.

Our Mission Statement is:

  To Protect and Promote Buildings, Landscapes, and Sites

Important to the Heritage of Pella, Iowa.

Protect & Promote our Heritage

Our office is located in the oldest building in Pella, Iowa, The Thomas Tuttle Cabin Build in 1843.  We do provide tours of this historic landmark.

The Trust interacts to rescue historically significant property in danger of demolition. Restoration of these properties and protection covenants are arranged by our organization.  We take an active approach towards historic preservation advocacy working with local, state and national government agencies to document and preserve.

Members receive our newsletter “Preserve Pella”.  Our annual meeting is in November, by tradition we honor several Pella homeowners with a  Historic Landmark plaque and award during this meeting.

Contact Information

Historic Pella Trust, Inc.

Phone :641-628-2931


Tuttle Log House address: 608 Lincoln Street

Mailing address: PO Box 1, Pella, Iowa 50219

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In the News and Events


Your financial Support is needed to build the Tuttle Learning Walkway!

We are excited to introduce the Tuttle Learning Walkway in partnership with the City of Pella! The walkway will provide an educational experience using signage, instructional capsules and landscaping to offer historical insights and information regarding Pella’s early history. 

Historic Pella Trust has committed to raise 100% of the funds needed for the project so that no tax dollars will be involved. The Learning Walk will utilize a vacated city alleyway beside Tuttle Cabin that leads north to Sunken Garden Park.

[Weekly Dutch language class; starting March 21]Dutch Class Information; Interview with Carol

Email Form for class registration  

Historic Rock House for Rent

1401 University Street

Consider living in our historic rock house built by stone mason Dick VanLoon in the late 1800’s.  Four rooms on the main floor and a loft, perfect size for one person. Located on a large double lot with room for growing, gardening and enjoying country living on the edge of Pella. Please email including your phone number and tell us why you would like to live in this special landmark.   Email essay for Rock House Rental consideration 

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A few days ago we posted a photo taken around 1960 of Central College's original student union located along the then still-existing Peace Street. Here is a later photo from the 1970s showing the northeast part of campus with the newly remodeled student union to the right, the pond where Peace Street used to be and the library and Gaass Hall dormitory in the background. BB ... See MoreSee Less

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If you recognize this location then you have a good memory. Nothing in this photo remains in Pella - even the street leading to the left is gone! This was the Central College Student Union, with Dunn Cottage (which once served as the president's house) in the background at left. Peace Street was the street to the left, which was removed when the pond was built. Broadway is the street running from left to high at the bottom of the photo. This photo dates to the early/mid-1960s. BB ... See MoreSee Less

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We are excited to announce that all of the Dutch classes are full! Thank you to everyone who has signed up for them! Our Dutch afternoon classes are a great time for retired people or those with flexible schedules. There is also a class at 7pm. Even though it is a beginning level class, it would be beneficial to exercise your Dutch language skills too! ... See MoreSee Less

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The old Diamond Station is no longer the HPT office, it still adds historic charm and style to Main Street. It was featured in the second HPT newsletter, page 3. There are arrows at the top and bottom to turn the pages, it is the first time I tried to link to our newsletter archive, but it brings you to the front page.
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Google maps street view can give you one last look at a house or a building if you forgot to take a photo before it was gone. ... See MoreSee Less

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There's a richness of heritage that will be lost if it isn't passed on to the next generation. Take the time to share your story ... See MoreSee Less

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1 month ago

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Looking back at In'tVeld's meat market.... ⭐️⭐️Serving Pella Since 1941⭐️⭐️
Thank you to all our Great Customers!!!
Looking Forward to the Next 78yrs Of
Serving you The Best Meats & Treats!!
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1 month ago

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The appreciation for craftsmanship often comes after it becomes rare, Historic Pella Trust advocates to protect the remaining Pella historic homes while they are more than a memory. This is not a Pella house, it is in Council Bluffs, Iowa. I chose to share this post to feature the charm and unique character of historic homes. From the page " For the Love of Old Houses", this is a good page for mini tours of historic homes that are for sale from all over. I find it a helpful page to look at color schemes, decorating ideas and landscaping, some of you may enjoy this also. It is the individual personality of historic homes that give a neighborhood character, historic neighborhoods give a community a valuable foundation that people drive miles to admire.203 Bluff Street, Council Bluffs, Iowa
c.1890. 5,569 square feet. 5 bedrooms, 4.5 baths on 0.39 acre. $318,000! Rare Victorian splendor. Grand historic Henry H. Van Brunt mansion. Exquisite original woodwork. Leaded glass windows. Stunning staircase. Sizable rooms. Pocket doors. Refinished floors on main level. Large butler's pantry. Eat-in kitchen. Hidden powder room on main level. Three-car garage with an original vehicle turn-table (non-functioning). Play house in back yard that's original to the property. Home being sold as is. For More Information: Mike Yowell, NP Dodge (712) 328-5008**BE SURE TO LET THEM KNOW THAT YOU SAW IT POSTED ON FOR THE LOVE OF OLD HOUSES FACEBOOK PAGE**For Sale: $318,000.
Note: Photos are from the listing! If you are the photographer for the realtor, message me so that I can give proper credit please. Thank you!
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