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august, 2021

fri13aug5:30 pm7:00 pmArchitecture on the Move: Guided Walking Tours of Downtown Des MoinesCapitol Square


(Friday) 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm


Iowa Center for Architecture

400 Locust St, STE 100, Des Moines, IA 50309

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Architecture on the Move: Guided Architectural Walking Tours of Downtown Des Moines
After a year of being cooped up, what could be better than an outdoor architectural walking tour of Downtown Des Moines? Iowa Architectural Foundation will offer live sidewalk tours of the city, led by architects and historians. The guides will be miked, enabling social distancing. 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 14, June 11, July 9, August 13 and September 10. Sign-in starts at 5 PM, inside the atrium at Capital Square. Tours take off at 5:30 PM. Masks and 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.


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