A community-minded plan to save a Mason City landmark.

You Can Help!

We need your help to raise $150,000 in matching funds from the community to meet an upcoming grant opportunity.


You can donate via the link below. Opportunity Zone investment opportunities are also available.

Raised of out $150,000 goal

Meet the Team

Elisha Marin

Elisha is a musician, designer, and educator with a passion for history.  He serves on the board of several arts nonprofits in the Midwest, including the Freeborn Co. Arts Initiative.  Elisha’s first studio album, Shining Out, will be released in 2021.

Susanne Crane

Susanne is a painter, author, and educator with decades of experience in arts programming and historic restoration.  She enjoys large collaborative projects and participating in community events. Her next exhbition, The Solitude Series, premieres in May.

The Project

We have a diverse and community-driven reuse plan for the Historic YWCA at 2 Adams Avenue in Mason City.


Phase One of the project includes apartments, an art gallery, and commercial office space.  Future development will feature artist studios, a performance space, capacity for an indoor urban garden, and more.


Our plan addresses several key needs for North Iowa’s continued growth by fostering a collaborative live-work environment in a creative and inspiring space.  We are working with the SBDC, Pappajohn Center, Mason City Chamber of Commerce, IEDA, and other community stakeholders to bring this project to life and rehabilitate this iconic landmark.

This is a large project that relies on the support of people like you.

To volunteer, share your memories of the YWCA, or lend your support to the project, contact us through the form below.

Get in Touch

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