History of Cosgrove


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The Cosgrove Institute is a not-for-profit organization run by a group of neighbors located in Johnson county, west of Iowa City, in what was once a Church School. It is now best known as a place where an artist can rent a studio.

The unincorporated village of Cosgrove was named after the bishop of Davenport when St. Peter’s church was built in 1893. The school buildings and the land were purchased by the community in 1991 and are now maintained as the “Cosgrove Institute”, using the money that comes in from renting out the old classrooms as studios.

The neighbors are glad that the buildings and the “Main Street” of Cosgrove have been preserved as a Community Center. The Institute's Board of Directors meets once a month to plan activities and to keep the buildings in good repair. Many hours of volunteer work are put in by the board of directors.