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.

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In the News and Events

Fund Raising has begun for 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.

Advanced and Beginning Dutch Classes will be offered in March and April 2019 at the Pella Community Center

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Progress is being made on the Central College Boardwalk House that was moved from 300 Broadway, Pella to a farm near Attica! We celebrate with Mikol and her family on this restoration and thank them for saving this beautiful historic home!It has been about 45 days since the Boardwalk House arrived at Mint 'N More. Despite the colder temperatures, wind, rain, and snow, work has begun and progress is being made! So what have we been up to?
All carpets and padding have been removed. We are thrilled that the wood floors underneath the carpet are in good shape. With a little refinishing we look forward to seeing them shine again!
The kitchen has been demoed. The vision for the current kitchen is that it will be removed and replaced with a porch that is similar to the original design of the home. To keep with our passion of reducing waste, the cabinets were donated and delivered to Habitat for Humanity Restore and the appliances will be donated to Tomorrow's Resources in Pella.
The two bathrooms have been demoed (with the exception of the white tile in the upstairs bathroom, which will be preserved because we love it!)
All the drop ceiling tiles have been removed to expose the original ceilings so that they can be repaired as needed.
Perhaps the most exciting project happening is....The roof is going back on!! Can you feel our excitement? We are so grateful to Hildreth Construction for all of their hard work, expertise, and willingness to help with this project. Without removing the roof it really was not effective to move a house of this size so far. So, the roof was deconstructed and meticulously marked to be reconstructed on site. With the exception of very few pieces that will need to be replaced with new wood, the original wood was in great shape and will be reused and reconstructed to the original frame! Can you imagine putting this puzzle back together?!?!
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After three generations in the Dairy business, Andy Lubbers and his son, Andy Jr. built a dairy processing business on Oskaloosa Street that opened in February of 1953. You could buy milk in the front retail room with large glass windows that showed the processing in the back. It was wonderful watching the cottage cheese being cut in the large long stainless steel trough just inside of the window. It was closed Dec 23, 1993. My family would stop to buy milk and cheese at Lubber's a couple times each week, always fresh and delicious! ... See MoreSee Less

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When I looked at this ad from 1923 I was struck by the changes in retailing over the past 95 years. This ad features the Pella Overall Co., which is still in business - today known as Pella Products. I don't think any of the retailers listed can make the same claim. In 1923 Pella had less than 1/3 of today's population, but it boasted no less than six locations that sold Pella Overalls. If conditions had remained constant then today Pella should have nearly 20 stores selling this product.

In addition, there were stores in Leighton, Reasnor, Tracy, Galesburg, and - most amazing - two locations in Otley(!), that also sold these products.

Altogether there were 17 stores within a 15-mile radius of Pella that sold these overalls. Today there might be one? Times change.

Can you share memories of any of these stores? -BB
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Tuttle Cabin, 608 Lincoln Street, Christmas Open House 10am until 7pm
Demonstrations in rug braiding and wool spinning
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Historic Tuttle Cabin, where craftwork and history come alive! Open until 7 today! 608 Lincoln Street, Pella. Enjoy some hot cider and a cookie, while learning more about life was like before electronics and having the fine handwork to show for it. Thank you ladies, for sharing your time with Historic Pella Trust during our Christmas open house. ... See MoreSee Less

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Tuttle Cabin is open Today 1-7; Friday 10-7 and Saturday 10-2. Stop by and visit Helen and friends demonstrating rug braiding, wool spinning or embroidery at various times during our Christmas open house. ... See MoreSee Less

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October 30, 1930 Chronicle Advertisement for Pella's electric plant in South Pella. ... 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
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