Hobart Historic Restoration (HHR) has worked with over a dozen communities to identify strategic direction, identify prime properties, manage construction and provide ongoing asset optimization and property management. HHR has recognized, validated, and is uniquely poised to optimize this significant trend by working with communities in strategic partnerships to rehabilitate historic properties and build new housing to the benefit of the community, the state, and private investors. We typically focus on mixed-use projects with ground floor commercial and upper-story market-rate housing (with luxury finishes), though we also have experience with both commercial and residential housing projects. Our projects are typically an instrumental catalyst for continued downtown revitalization. Our historic rehab projects have been awarded by the state of Iowa for their integrity and impact by the State of Iowa.
Jim Hobart has over 40 years of experience in the construction industry. With his background ranging from residential to heavy industrial work, Jim has developed a unique ability to visualize the transformation of historic buildings in to viable business opportunities. Hobart Historic Restoration’s Midwest values and experienced team bring new life to the beautiful but neglected buildings of many Midwest communities. With a positive and flexible attitude, Hobart Historic Restoration is proud to lead the revitalization of many historic communities.
Department of Cultural Affairs
SHPO’s Stakeholder Group
B.J. Hobart has 25 years in Sourcing, Project Management, Contract Negotiation, and Contract Management. This diversified experience has been mainly in power utilities and industrial companies settings. She holds a B.A. from University of South Florida and a M.S. from Creighton University Law School. B.J.’s dual role with Hobart Historic Restoration is both Project Manager and Contracts Manager, and she relies on her analytical, technical and problem solving skills to mitigate risk, meet deadlines and stay within budgets.
City of Cedar Rapids Historic Preservation Commission; Cedar Rapids Economic Housing Committee; Mediation Services Eastern Iowa (MSEI), Board Member
Josh Hobart graduated from Iowa State University in computer engineering and since has had 10 years of experience in industrial, commercial and residential construction. Josh serves as Project Manager and IT support for Hobart Historical Restoration. Josh is accustomed to meeting critical deadlines and demands a high degree of quality in construction which helps to make him a successful project manager.
Cedar Rapids Economic Housing Committee
Abby Huff has 10 years of experience with interior design, historic preservation, and community involvement and development. She has her A.S. in Interior Design from Kirkwood Community College, a B.A. in Interior Design from University of Northern Iowa and received her M.F.A in Historic Preservation from the Savannah College of Art and Design in Savannah, Georgia in 2015. Being As a native Iowan from Algona, she has a passion for the revitalization and preservation of Iowan communities. She specializes in working with State, Federal and local communities and programs to facilitate leverage full use of incentives supporting community development and revitalization. Her role with Hobart Historic Restoration is Preservation and Incentives Specialist.
Czech Village/New Bohemia Main Street Design Committee; Friends of Czech Village committee member
Jill Carlson has 20 years of professional accounting experience and 5 years of management accounting experience. The accounting and management experience has been concentrated in the Construction, Real Estate and Development market. Leading growing companies with sustainable and healthy growth has taught her effective management, decision making, and organization. She has developed processes and strategies that support today’s dynamic business culture. She graduated with honors with her B.B.A in Economics from the University of Iowa’s Tippie College of Business and completed her B.A. in Accounting with Mount Mercy University. Her expertise leads Hobart Historic Restoration in the role of Business Manager.
Casey Dunagan comes to HHR with over 20 years of management, customer service, and non-profit experience. A graduate of Iowa State University his career path has led from retail giants like J.C. Penney and TJ Maxx to a decade with the Cedar Rapids Museum of Art. As Property Manager at HHR he will be managing properties from leasing to daily operation.
Ruth Wehde has joined HHR with over 22 years of office and business administration experience as well as several years as project coordinator for submission of government contracts. She is responsible for all accounting aspects for HHR including, but not limited to, monthly preparation of pay applications and draws for all projects.