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One of the last remaining Bohemian immigrant homes in Cedar Rapids saved from demolition

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CEDAR RAPIDS (KWWL) -

One of the last remaining Bohemian immigrant homes in Cedar Rapids has been saved. 

It was moved this morning from it's original location in the old Flats neighborhood to 6th Street SE near Newbo. 

Cargill sold the home for $1 in order to keep it from being demolished on their property. 

"Cargill was nice enough to not only donate the house but also pay for the moving cost and most importantly be patient and not tear the house down," says Jason Rogers, the new owner of the home.

"We thought giving an outside party the opportunity to purchase and move the home seemed like a win-win for Cargill, the City, the Cedar Rapids Historic Preservation Commission, and the new owner. As a company with more than 150 years of rich history, we understand the importance of preserving important items, like this home, that help illuminate the City’s history and create a connection to the past," Cargill said in a statement. 

The house was built by immigrants in the 1870's. 

Rogers hopes to restore it and turn it into an Airbnb for short-term rentals near Newbo. 

"The design is very indicative of the wonderful early story of the large population of Bohemian immigrants that came here in Cedar Rapids and really helped build up this area that we now know as Newbo and the Oakhill neighborhood," says Historian Mark Stoffer Hunter. 

Rogers estimates it will cost between $80,000 and $100,000 to restore the house, he hopes to have it ready to go in August. 

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