Preservationists Save One of Two Buildings Slated for Demolition in Des Moines

Henshie-Briggs Row House to move to Sherman Hill

Posted by CC on January 17th, 2008 7:00 pm

The construction of Wellmark Blue Cross and Blue Shield’s new headquarters in downtown Des Moines requires the removal of two historic buildings: the 1903 Murillo Apartment Building and the Henshie-Briggs Row House (most recently home to Wetherell and Ericsson Architects and listed on the National Register in 2001). On Wednesday, January 16, the historic preservation commission gave the Sherman Hill Neighborhood Association a green light to move the row house to the historic district. According to the Des Moines Register, it will cost around $60,000 to move the 400-ton brick building. Sherman Hill resident Rob McCammon, who has led the charge to preserve both buildings, is still trying to find a team to save the Murillo. Because the Murillo weighs approximately 1,000 tons, its move will cost almost four times as much as the row house.