SIOUX CITY | A business is being honored for restoring an historic Court Street building.

State Steel on Friday is to receive the first Century Award from the Sioux City Historic Preservation Commission.

The Sioux City company is rehabbing the five-story American Linseed Oil Co. Building at 208 Court St. A presentation is planned at 10 a.m. Friday at City Hall, 405 Sixth St.

The building was constructed in 1883-84 to press oil from flaxseed. The oil was used to make paints, varnishes, inks and products to prevent rust.

"In its heyday, it was the largest linseed oil mill in the world," said Tom Munson, of the Sioux City Public Museum.

The space later housed operations for Kee Dee Feed, Bekins and Grant Tire.

State Steel bought it about 10 years ago. Two floors are being turned into corporate offices. State Steel official Jack Bernstein will receive the award for the family.

The Century Award seeks to honor businesses in operation for more than 100 years or property owners working to preserve historic buildings.

A program is also planned at noon Friday at the Public Museum, 607 Fourth St. Museum Curator Grace Linden is scheduled to show photos of historic buildings.

The free events are part of Historic Preservation Week.

Call 712-224-5001 or visit siouxcityhp.org for more information.

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