WATERLOO, Iowa (KWWL)– Silos & Smokestacks National Heritage Area (SSNHA) is moving to a new location.
“It is a dream of our board and staff to be in a street space that is accessible to the public,” said Cara Miller, Silos & Smokestacks President. “We are currently lacking a space where we can greet the public and introduce them to the heritage area as a destination.”
According to Miller, the new space would serve as a “Doorway to the Heritage Area.” The current location, the second floor of the Fowler Building in downtown Waterloo, serves only as offices for SSNHA staff to oversee work in the heritage area and assist partner sites. The Master Service Station location, would house staff offices, meeting space, as well as exhibits for the public that introduce the heritage area and tell the story of agriculture in Iowa.
Phase I of the “Open the Doorway” project is to renovate the former service station by building office and meeting space, finishing the interior of the building and adding signage to the exterior. Phase II will see the installation of public exhibits and interpretation.
“‘Open the Doorway’ is a chance to invest in preservation of agricultural and inspiring hands-on learning about Iowa’s rich history of farming,” said Miller.