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.

In the News and Events


Dave Baker ‘In the Details”and a review of 2018 Historic Pella Trust; Annual Meeting and program, Thursday November 8, 6:30: Pella Opera House.  Please join us to explore the details of Pella often missed!  2018 Review,  landmark and homeowner’s awards! …

Fund Raising has begun for the Tuttle Learning Walkway! A educational pathway that shares the early history of Pella Iowa. The future path will  connect two National Landmarks; Tuttle Cabin and Sunken Garden Park and Windmill.


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Thank you to everyone who attended the Collegiate Historic Neighborhood Block Party today. The breeze was a little brisk...but everyone had a great time! We appreciate your gathering for the ribbon cutting, it was great to officially recognize this Historic District! I felt it was so special to celebrate with you and many of the people who made the Historic District designation possible!
The HyVee grill was delicious, The KNIA KRLS Big Red Radio played vintage tunes to set a great atmosphere for our party. Many people enjoyed learning more about the advantages of protecting these beautiful homes with the proper zoning regulations. It was a moment of experiencing the joys of living in a craftsman's work of art...a historic home.
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Sometimes the things left behind in an older home can keep you wondering...the "what is it table" feature during the Collegiate Neighborhood Block Party... can be seen at 900 Liberty! 10-2 Saturday Oct. 13th. ... See MoreSee Less

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Looking forward to the Block Party will a beautiful day to stroll through our historic neighborhood while reading the signs telling details about each contributing house. There will be two homes inviting you to come inside and fall in love with the charm and character of their home that has withstood the test of time. Our desire is to educate our visitors about protecting the older homes in our community. We hope you join in watching a presentation given by Jim Mansueto called The Collegiate Historic Neighborhood District; What is it All About, at 11:30 AM, 1PM and 2PM. Celebrating being on the National Register of Historic Places with a ribbon cutting ceremony at 11AM! ... See MoreSee Less

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Alongside buildings, the Historic Pella Trust's Mission Statement calls on us to "protect and promote" landscapes important to the heritage of Pella. This is one landscape that disappeared over a century ago, but we still feel obliged to promote its importance to Pella's heritage. Fortunately Pella's founder Dominie Henry P. Scholte's home still exists; but did you know that he also had an extensive grove of trees that extended to the north for two blocks, reaching nearly to today's Lincoln School? This rare photo shows a view of Scholte's walkway through that grove. According to records, the lane of poplar trees "was a favorite strolling place for young people" of the 1880s. Although the land was sold off for building lots in the 1910s, it was said that some of the trees still remained by the late 1930s. How interesting to would be to travel back in time to see the grove. It was one of Pella's show places. -BB ... See MoreSee Less

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Historic District Block Party- Saturday October 13 from 10AM-2PM; Ribbon cutting at 11- Home Tours and walking tour of the neighborhood. Presentation about the district at 11:30-12-1; HyVee Grilled lunch available, Icecream cones and popcorn, window repair demonstration, scavenger as seen in this week's Town Crier! ... See MoreSee Less

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2 weeks ago

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Straver's Hardware will be missed by many in our community. It always seemed that you could find just what you needed to fix about anything. They didn't have a huge quantity of any one item but a giant variety. Some very rare replacement parts and hardware for those of us whom rely on doing our own repairs. The original highly polished hardwood floors and metal ceilings were a treasure for the community to enjoy! Photo's are from Duane Rempe, HPT board member. ... See MoreSee Less

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Support the Historic Pella Trust

Contributions to the Historic Pella Trust are critical to preserving the rich and storied heritage of Pella and its architecture. To donate, go to the Membership and Donations page. To learn more about the Historic Pella Trust, check out the sections in About Us, or look at some of our current projects under the Current Projects tab!

Contact Information

Historic Pella Trust, Inc.
Phone: 641-628-2935
Tuttle Log House address: 608 Lincoln Street
Mailing address: PO Box 1, Pella, Iowa 50219
Planning a visit?  Please email or call for an appointment
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