Meth-Wick Celebrates 60 Years: A Look Back

Meth-Wick Celebrates 60 Years: A Look Back

This month, we celebrate our 60th anniversary and kick off a year of celebration and commemoration.

But first, let’s take a look back on how Meth-Wick Community has grown since our very first resident moved in The Manor in 1961.


Meth-Wick Manor opens its doors. The first residents lived in private suites, took their meals in the dining room, and enjoyed a snack from the popcorn cart on Friday afternoons.  St. Luke’s Hospital administered a 30-bed infirmary on the first floor. Meth-Wick’s commitment to providing residents with a continuum of care dates back to our earliest days.


The Manor is updated in its second decade to suit residents’ needs, converting spaces into multi-room apartments, and adding air conditioning.


Meth-Wick celebrates its 10th anniversary with guest speaker Rev. James Thomas, Bishop of Iowa for The United Methodist Church.


Meth-Wick marks its 25th anniversary through celebration with local civic leaders including Sen. Chuck Grassley.


Greenwood Terrace opens as Meth-Wick’s first independent living option with 28 condo-style units.


The Community Center is built at Greenwood Terrace to provide a main entrance and central meeting place for residents. The center also connects the existing tower with its twin under construction.


Meth-Wick reaches the $1 million fundraising goal to renovate the Health Center at The Manor. Renovations include an increase in private rooms from five to 27, a new activity area, updated staff quarters, and modernizing the floor’s décor.


Greenwood Terrace doubles in size with the addition of a second tower, bringing the building to its current total of 55 apartments.


Brendelwood Village expands Meth-Wick’s independent living options with a neighborhood of duplexes and single-family homes nestled into the wooded hills above Greenwood Terrace.


A chapel and chaplains office are added to The Manor’s ground floor. Meth-Wick is a community focused on six dimensions of wellness: spiritual, physical, vocational, emotional, intellectual, and social.


Deer Ridge opens in response to the growing number of older adults looking to live independently but with an eye toward their future. The new building is home to 63 condominiums.


Following a three-year capital campaign, Arbor Place opens as Meth-Wick’s residence for those with mild to moderate cognitive loss due to Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia.


The Woodlands opens, bringing a fifth style of living to Meth-Wick’s campus. The Woodlands is a state-of-the-art nursing facility that provides for residents in need of round-the-clock care or unique specialty care.


Brendel Pond is completed.


Highland Park opens. What looks like a classic residential neighborhood is Meth-Wick’s  new independent living option, with six single-family homes and four duplexes laid out along Highland Park’s tree-lined avenues.


Meth-Wick celebrates 50th anniversary.


Construction is completed on Town Center at The Manor. Town Center was created to be the new community hub for campus, featuring a fitness center, coffee shop, library, computer lab, beauty and barber shop, and comfortable spaces to gather with friends.


The Woodlands expansion is completed, adding a 5,000 square foot extension including two warm water pools for physical therapy and recreation and a state-of-the-art interior lighting system that mimics outdoor light.


Oakwood opens as Meth-Wick’s latest independent living addition, featuring 21 new condominiums in a three-story building on the southeast side of campus.


Meth-Wick marks 60th year serving older adults in Cedar Rapids.

Here’s to the next 60 years!