Progress update on LIFT WC’s rehabilitation of historic Elks Building

LIFT WC, a nonprofit organization committed to community betterment, has announced that it continues to make progress on the restoration of the historic Elks Building, originally constructed in 1906.

Demolition in the basement is nearing completion and they will soon be advancing to the main floor. Repairs to the front sidewalk and outside staircase are underway, ensuring future stability and eliminating any sloping issues. In the upcoming weeks, work will begin on plumbing the building.

The goal is to have the basement and main floors completed by June 2024. Support from the community continues to be a crucial part of this project.

To further bolster efforts, the Enhance Hamilton County Foundation has issued a Challenge Grant, promising to match dollar-for-dollar on all donations received up to $150,000. Donations are now being accepted and can be made by sending a check made out to LIFT WC to Enhance Hamilton County Foundation (501 Bank Street, Webster City, IA 50595) or by donating online at All donations are tax deductible.

They have also announced that October 1 is the date of the 2023 Taste of Fall fundraising dinner. This event promises an evening of community, delicious food, and unity in support of the rehabilitation project. Details on this year’s event will be released soon.

The Enhance Hamilton County Foundation’s Challenge Grant, Taste of Fall fundraising dinner, and continued support from the community are pivotal in making this vision a reality as this building project is bigger than the rehabilitation project itself. Once the building is operational it will assist with:

Investment in Community Growth: Funds generated from the use of the event venue space will be channeled back into the community, facilitating improvements through grants, microloans, innovative programming, and the rejuvenation of additional historical buildings.

Boosting the Local Economy: The completed event venue is expected to be a vibrant gathering spot, drawing visitors downtown and providing a stimulating environment that will benefit existing businesses and attract new commercial interest.

Beautifying and Building Partnerships: With its aesthetic enhancements and opportunities for collaboration, the project is poised to enrich downtown’s visual appeal and forge meaningful connections with local service providers.

Preserving a Cherished Landmark: The Elks Building holds a special place in the hearts of many residents who have shared memories and connections to the structure. This restoration honors those memories and fulfills the community’s desire to see a cherished landmark revitalized.

LIFT WC is dedicated to community betterment by fostering community development and preserving the cultural heritage of Webster City. Through engagement, partnership, and hard work, LIFT WC continues to be a driving force in revitalizing the community’s most cherished spaces.