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Czech Museum Renovating Historic Building in Czech Village

CEDAR RAPIDS, IA (CBS 2/FOX 28)--A Czech village landmark is getting a facelift.

Folks at the National Czech and Slovak museum and library are renovating the Babi  Buresh.

Walking through the Czech village is like traveling back in time.

"We're taking a building that was built in 1882 and restoring it to what it would have looked like in 1927, said Jan Stoffer, Director of Education of the National Czech and Slovak.

The Babi  Buresh center sit right in the middle.

It's a real-life example of the types of homes Czech immigrant lived in when they first moved to the United States in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

"It contributes to the historic district that is found out here in Czech village and New Bohemia, said Stoffer.

The building, owned by the Czech museum, was heavily damaged by the floods of 2008.

Now the museum staff is fixing it up.

By winter, the hope is to rent this front area out for retail purposes and then this back area and upstairs will be for hosting a visiting artist.

It's really an example of how things continue to grow in the Czech village area.

Something John Rocarek of Sykora bakery says is good for everyone.

"People are finding the South side of Cedar Rapids now and they hadn't for all those years so it's really exciting to see the resurgence of it, he said.

It's a resurgence that helps celebrate Czech heritage.

The National Czech and Slovak museum and library purchased the house in 2006 and tonight at 6; they are hosting a renovation tour of the center.
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