While Hubbell Realty Company enjoys building brand new construction throughout central Iowa, the opportunity to breathe new life into one of Iowa's historic buildings is a rare occasion. One of the largest historic renovations in Hubbell history is that of Spaulding Lofts in Grinnell, Iowa, located about one hour east of Des Moines. Home to Grinnell College, this small city had a big time project for Hubbell.
The history behind Spaulding
Between 1880 and 1910 numerous brick buildings were built by a man named H.W. Spaulding, a Vermont-native. Shortly after he came to Iowa, he began manufacturing wagons and carriages, the main form of transportation at the time. As modes of transportation changed, so did the building's purpose and Spaulding Manufacturing Company was born and automobiles were added to the company's lineup in 1909.
How did Hubbell transform the property?
What does it take to accomplish a historic renovation?
The support of the community, lenders, and investors is vitally important when undertaking a project like this. The city of Grinnell presented Hubbell with a study showing a need for new housing in the community and a quality renovation of Spaulding Center was a perfect solution.
Then-Grinnell Mayor Gordon Canfield commented on the project, “We have worked hard to get to this day. High-quality loft apartments in one of our oldest buildings in the community not only provide new housing options, it also creates a sense of neighborhood in the area.”
Hubbell Realty’s first historic rehabilitation project outside of Des Moines, Spaulding Lofts are located at 4th Avenue and Spring Street in Grinnell. If you’re looking for an apartment in Grinnell, click here to check out further details on Spaulding Lofts.
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