Iowa PBS presents Historic Buildings of Iowa: Cedar Rapids

Explore Iowa’s City of Five Seasons like never before with Iowa PBS. Historic Buildings of Iowa: Cedar Rapids premieres on-air and online Tuesday, March 2 at 6:30 p.m. as part of Festival 2021. The program will also air Sunday, March 7 at 1:30 p.m. and Saturday, March 13 at 2:30 p.m. on Iowa PBS .1 and Saturday, March 13 at 8:30 p.m. on Iowa PBS WORLD .3.

Viewers will journey through the architecture, culture and history intertwined throughout the buildings of Cedar Rapids in this program. Through extensive indoor filming, aerial perspectives and in-depth interviews, Iowa PBS presents a definitive look at multiple structures in Iowa’s second-largest city.

“Cedar Rapids is home to rich stories, fascinating buildings and vibrant art, all woven into the community.” said Iowa PBS Senior Producer Andrew Batt. “It’s rewarding to showcase our state’s incredible architecture with the Historic Buildings of Iowa programs. Iowans continue to discover, or re-discover, the cities and buildings within their own state.”

Historic Buildings of Iowa: Cedar Rapids soars across the city to take viewers through some of the city’s most iconic sites. Featured structures include:

●      The Paramount Theatre with its stunning décor recently restored after devastating flood damage

●      The signature Veterans Memorial Building known for its location on an island in the Cedar River and adorned with a golden flame

●      The Cedar Rapids Museum of Art, along with the Grant Wood Studio, showcasing one of Iowa’s most famous native artists

●      The Brucemore Mansion, set on a sprawling estate, signifying the wealth and culture of a bygone era

●      The National Czech and Slovak Museum, celebrating the culture and history of immigrants from the Czech and Slovak Republics who found a home in America and in Iowa

Simultaneous with its statewide broadcast premiere, Historic Buildings of Iowa: Cedar Rapids will premiere live on Facebook, where audiences will have an opportunity to chat with each other live and ask questions of special in-studio guests. Following the premiere, the program will be available for free on demand for a limited time on, YouTube and the PBS Video App.

Historic Buildings of Iowa: Cedar Rapids is presented by Iowa PBS as part of Festival 2021, Iowa PBS’s only extended pledge drive of the year. With programming airing on Iowa PBS .1, Iowa PBS WORLD .3 and Iowa PBS Create .4, Festival 2021 takes place February 20-21 and February 27-March 14. Learn more at

Programming support for Historic Buildings of Iowa: Cedar Rapids is provided by OPN Architects.

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