The Governor-Lucas Conservation District was Iowa City’s first conservation district. It is a rectangular-shaped neighborhood southeast of the central business district that includes properties along Governor and Lucas streets between Burlington Street and the Iowa Interstate Railroad as well as properties along Bowery Street between Lucas Street and the Summit Street Historic District. Measures to designate the area for protection began with a reconnaissance survey of the neighborhood and blocks to the west completed in 1990. In 1996 and 1998, a smaller area was included in the intensive level survey completed for the Longfellow Neighborhood. Turn-of-the-century houses and tree-lined streets characterize the Governor-Lucas Conservation District with houses dating from the late 19th century through the 1930s. Governor Street’s unusually wide lots and deep set-backs on the east side create a sense of spaciousness that is similar to portions of Summit Street and not found in most Iowa City residential districts. Examples of vernacular house forms and architectural styles from the 1860s through the 1930s are present, with many good examples of Craftsman Style, American Four-Squares and Bungalows intermixed with earlier Victorian styles.
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