Iowa Architectural Foundation to lead tour of Sullivan buildings in Cedar Rapids


The Iowa Architectural Foundation (IAF) will lead an in-person tour April 2 of two historic buildings in Cedar Rapids designed by famed Chicago architect Louis Sullivan.

Local historian Mark Stoffer Hunter will guide guests through St. Paul’s United Methodist Church and The Peoples Savings Bank, now home to Popoli Ristorante and Sullivan’s Bar.

The tour will run from 2 p.m. to 3:45 p.m. April 2.

Early bird tickets are available on Eventbrite until March 18 for $15. After that, regular price tickets are $20.

The tours launch at the new Third Avenue entrance of St. Paul’s Church. Built in 1914, the church and neighboring house, where Sullivan resided while designing the building, offer a window into Sullivan’s life late in his career. Mr. Stoffer Hunter will lead a tour of the outside, into the remodeled narthex and through the sanctuary.

Following the church tour, attendees will make their way to the Third Avenue entrance of The Peoples Savings Bank. Built in 1911, the bank is known as the second of a number of small “jewel box” banks in the Midwest designed by Mr. Sullivan. Guests will be invited through the historic atrium, inside the vault, and to visit the basement, a space rarely open to the public.