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.
Recent Blog Posts
- Preserve Iowa Summit 2019 July 19, 2019
- Christian Opportunity Center Friends Visit Tuttle Cabin July 12, 2019
- Pella’s Webster Schools; Consigned to History June 11, 2019
- Historic Pella Trust Tulip Time 2019 May 6, 2019
- South Pella’s Amazing Boomtown Days April 16, 2019
- $1000 Walmart Grant for Tuttle Learning Walk April 16, 2019
- Des Moines Valley Railroad April 8, 2019
- South Pella’s Flour Mills April 8, 2019
- A Place To Call Home; by Rachel Line and Sallie DeReus February 13, 2019
- 1964 Pella Christian High School Fire February 2, 2019
New: Donate Online!
In the News and Events
25th Anniversary Celebration and Annual Meeting 1994-2019
Thursday October 10, 6:30 pm, at the Pella Opera House
Freewill donation appreciated towards building the Tuttle Learning Walk
Please join us for our yearly business review, homeowner and landmark awards, our 2020 Tulip Time entry reveal and exploring South Pella with Dave Baker.
Enjoy anniversary cake, hors d oeuvres and a cash bar while looking at historic displays before the meeting and program.
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.
Historic Rock House for sale
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. Listed through Home Realty. This home would make a lovely airbnb. It is located on the bike path and close to Central College. The rock house is on the National Register of Historic Places and is eligible for tax credits and historic building grants.
Dutch Language Class with Carol Hoeksema
Starting September 24, ending October 31
Advanced class on Tuesdays, at 530pm and 7pm
Beginners classes on Thursday from 130 to 3 and 7 to 830