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.

  • The Trust is dedicated to the preservation, protection and restoration of Pella’s architectural resources.
  • We rescue property from demolition, restore and maintain historically significant properties.
  • HPT also provides historic preservation advocacy and community education
  • Together we work to preserve our Dutch heritage and culture through community actions and support.
  • We help to place a property in the National Registry of Historic places and explain the tax benefits for doing so.
  • We aid in the placement of additional covenants and overlays needed to protect a property from destruction and to maintain historic qualities.

Historic Pella Trust Properties Under our Protection and Ownership

  • Tuttle Cabin 1843
    • Added to the National Register of Historic Places in June 13, 2014
  • Rock House 1856
    • Added to the National Register of Historic Places in May 2001
  • Soul Sleepers Church First Christian Church 1860
    • Added to the National Register of Historic Places in 2006
Rock House at 1401 University Street

Built by Dirk Van Loon, A stone mason by trade. Using eight-hitch horse teams Dirk hauled huge limestone blocks to their land site then set to work cutting the stones into square and rectangular pieces, some as large as 15 inches wide x 18 inches long x 12 inches high. He and his wife, Gertje  and two of their children lived there five years, when expecting their third child they moved to a larger home.

Edith Kuitert purchased the Rock house in 1980. She restored the tuck pointing, repaired the windows and re-shingled the roof. A gas furnace was installed in the attic to replace the large stone fireplace heat. On the south wall. She had electric wiring installed for lighting. The lean ( hokje) on the East wall of the living room was converted into a bathroom. She maintained the historic qualities well making it comfortable for today.

Soul Sleepers Church or Maasdam’s First Christian Church built in 1860, by Dutch pioneers 824 Franklin Street Built from soft Pella brick
Stegeman Store 1856 now Strawtown Cottage
Historic Yellow House on W 1st
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