- Associated Press - Friday, August 15, 2014

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) - A city commission granted landmark status to a building that once served as a boarding house for black male students when an Iowa university’s residence halls were segregated.

Members of the Iowa City Historic Preservation Commission voted to give the designation to the Tate Arms building, which should prevent any future demolition or significant exterior changes to the house, the Iowa City Press-Citizen reported (http://icp-c.com/1yFkQ6r ).

The building was owned and operated by Elizabeth “Bettye” Tate, who died at age 93 in 1999. Tate and her husband, Junious, purchased the home built in 1900 for $3,000. It served as a housing facility for black male students at the University of Iowa starting in 1938 and continuing for about 20 years.

Tate also worked for 22 years in the university hospital’s cardiovascular lab. She retired as a supervisor in 1976 and was a hospital volunteer into the 1990s.

Commission member Ginalie Swaim said she hopes the new status will help document Tate’s work.

“There have been little bits and pieces of this story that we have known for some time but it’s never been all pulled together, and I think there’s been a lot more than we expected,” Swaim said.

Real estate company Apartments Downtown owns the property.

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Information from: Iowa City Press-Citizen, http://www.press-citizen.com/

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