May's Island Historic District

Between 1st and 5th Aves. on May Island, Cedar Rapids, Iowa


Veterans Memorial Building

At one time, the Cedar Rapids City Hall was located in this building, making Cedar Rapids and Paris the only two cities in the world with the seat of government on an island.

The building was extensively damaged in the floods of 2008 and the city was forced to move its offices to the old federal court building.

A 24'x20' stained glass memorial window, designed by Iowa native Grant Wood, was also damaged in the flood. It has been restored and returned to the building.

Photo taken by J.R. Manning in August 2007


Street View 

National Register information 

Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on October 19, 1978
Reference number
Architectural styles
Modern Movement: Moderne; Late 19th and 20th Century Revival: Beaux Arts
Areas of significance
Community Planning and Development; Architecture
Level of significance
Evaluation criteria
A - Event; C - Design/Construction
Property type
Historic functions
Correctional facility; Capitol; Civic; Government office
Current functions
Correctional facility; Capitol; Civic; Government office
Periods of significance
1900-1924; 1925-1949
Significant years
1923; 1927; 1933
Number of properties
Contributing buildings: 4


20th Century (29,077)
Beaux Arts (976)
Brick (42,466)
Built 1923 (700)
Built during 1920s (8,435)
Cedar Rapids, Iowa (43)
District (10,642)
Have Street View (50,209)
Hunter & Hatton (1)
Iowa (2,528)
James A. Wetmore (125)
Late 19th and 20th Century Revival (16,278)
Limestone (8,194)
Linn County, Iowa (115)
Modern Movement (2,586)
Moderne (741)
Stone (26,167)
Stucco (7,816)

Update Log 

  • September 1, 2014: Photos imported by Dave King
  • April 6, 2013: New photos from J.R. Manning
  • March 24, 2013: New photo from J.R. Manning
  • September 1, 2010: Updated by J.R. Manning: Corrected GPS Coordinates