CFR builds for the future; expansive new building for all services should be open in May

Sunday, June 23, 2019

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Chad Thompson

When Edward Jones financial advisor Gabe Pettit was looking for a place for his Fort Dodge office, he saw great potential in a historic downtown building on the west end of Central Avenue that overlooks City Square Park.

The first thing he noticed when he looked at the building, located at 517 Central Ave., was workers tuckpointing the exterior.

“If you want a building to be around for a long time those are the improvements you make,” Pettit, of Humboldt, said. “It’s a beautiful spot on the corner.”

The inside of the 2-story structure left something to be desired. But Pettit saw it as an opportunity.

“I had to use my imagination,” he said.

In the weeks that followed, Pettit met with the owner of the building, Steve Daniel, to see what would be possible in terms of a remodel.

“We got together on how it would look,” Pettit said.

Daniel worked with Kris Patrick, the Main Street Fort Dodge director, on maintaining the historical integrity of the building.

The end result?

“We renovated a 100-plus year old building into something that looks brand new,” Pettit said. “The exterior of the building was upgraded back to its historic originality. It was revived, bringing it back to its original character.”

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