Tag: Des Moines

Francis G. and Clara L. Moffett Cottage

Preservation at its Best 2018, Single-Family Residential: Moffett Cottage (Des Moines) The Moffett Cottage was built c. 1894 by an un-determined builder or owner, however it is associated with F. G. Moffett. Moffett was a civil war veteran and was appointed Chief Clerk of the U.S. Pension office in 1890 serving until 1894.   The cottage is a contributing… Read more »

Pitt Carriage Building

Preservation at its Best 2018, Small/Medium Commercial: Pitt Carriage Building (Des Moines) Built in 1909, the Pitt Carriage Co. Building, 212 E. Third Street, Des Moines, is located in the heart of the East Side Industrial, Warehousing, and Railroad Historic District. The Pitt Carriage Co. Building made a locally significant contribution to Des Moines history as a… Read more »

Mack International Motor Corp. Building

Preservation at its Best 2018, Adaptive Reuse: Mack-International Motor Truck Corp. Building (Des Moines) The Mack-International Motor Truck Corp. Building was constructed in 1924 by master builder and general contractor J.E. Lovejoy as a Mack branch sales and service center, with second-floor offices for use by Lovejoy and other tenants. Annexes where built in about 1931 and 1940. The building… Read more »

Attend a National Preservation Conference Without Leaving the State!

Join us in Des Moines for FORUM 2018! The National Alliance of Preservation Commissions (NAPC) is bringing the biennial FORUM to Des Moines, from July 18 to 22, 2018.  FORUM 2018 will feature dozens of educational sessions and discussion panels on topics ranging from the preservation of historic streetscapes, archaeology in historic districts, preservation zoning and… Read more »

Green & Main

Preservation at its Best 2017, Commercial Small: Green & Main (Des Moines) The Northwest corner of 19th and Center Streets in the Sherman Hill Historic District has a history of mixed residential and commercial usage. Formerly known as the H&H Grocery Store, the two-story brick building contributed to the neighborhood’s designation as a National Historic… Read more »

Franklin Apartments

Preservation at its Best 2017, Multi-Family Residential: Franklin Apartments (Des Moines) For many years, the property at 1811 6th Avenue seemed to be a forgotten set from a Hollywood horror movie. The hulking, vacant, deteriorating 6,000+ square foot converted mansion evoked a sense of unease and disregard. Cloaked by wildly growing bushes and trees, the… Read more »

Tax Credits Spur Investment in Projects Across Iowa

The Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs announced that more than $32 million in historic preservation tax credits have been registered for 14 different projects in eight communities across the state for fiscal years 2016 and 2017. The State Historic Preservation and Cultural & Entertainment District Tax Credit program provides an income tax credit of up… Read more »

Polk County Courthouse

2016 Preservation at its Best, Public Building: Polk County Courthouse Designed by the Des Moines-based architectural firm of Proudfoot & Bird, the current Polk County courthouse was built in 1906. Constructed for $750,000 on the site of its 1858 predecessor, the Beaux-Arts style courthouse was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1979…. Read more »

The Randolph

2016 Preservation at its Best, Residential: The Randolph The Randolph—previously the Hotel Randolph—combines three historic buildings into one complex. The three buildings—dating back to 1876, 1896 and 1912—had been combined into one hotel with 101 tiny units. Though it was one hotel, the three buildings were different both in their style and in their construction…. Read more »

American Enterprise Group

2016 Preservation at its Best, Large Commercial: American Enterprise Group The American Republic Insurance Company building is an 8-story building located on the northeast corner of Sixth Avenue and Watson Powell Jr. Way in Des Moines. Designed in 1965 by one of Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP’s legendary principal architects, Gordon Bunshaft. The American Republic… Read more »