Architecture on the Move: Guided Walking Tours of Downtown Des Moines

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Architecture on the Move: Guided Walking Tours of Downtown Des Moines

Architecture on the Move: Guided Architectural Walking Tours of Downtown Des Moines

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Iowa Center for Architecture 400 Locust Street #100 Des Moines, IA 50309

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Iowa Architectural Foundation is offering live architect-led sidewalk tours of Downtown Des Moines. Sponsored by Kum & Go, the tours provide an opportunity for local residents and visitors to appreciate the architectural treasures of Iowa's capital city. Dates are May 12, June 9, July 14, August 11, September 8, and October 6. Sign-in starts at 5 PM, inside the atrium at Capital Square. Tours take off promptly at 5:30 PM. Comfortable shoes and clothing are suggested.

Choose your favorite tour from four different routes offered each tour night:

• North: Learn insight into Des Moines’ stunning Mid-Century and contemporary architecture, including the Catholic Pastoral Center, AEG’s headquarters, Principal’s corporate campus, and the world-famous architects, such as Mies van der Rohe and Helmut Jahn, who have left their mark here.

• South: Walk through the historic Court Avenue and Warehouse District and learn about the history of this exciting entertainment and downtown living area. The tour includes the World Food Prize and Polk County Courthouse.

• East: Enjoy a stroll through Des Moines’ revitalized East Village. Highlights include the background on the City Beautiful Movement and the Riverwalk’s public buildings.

• West: This tour showcases some of Des Moines’ older, stately buildings such as the Temple for the Performing Arts and Clemens Building and the Hotel Fort Des Moines; some of our most significant skyscrapers and new developments including Krause Gateway Center, Wellmark, Nationwide and the Des Moines Central Library.