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List of Famous Des Moines Buildings & Structures

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List of the famous landmarks that make up the Des Moines skyline, listed alphabetically with photos when available. Des Moines architectural landmarks as well as other major buildings, dwellings, and other structures in Des Moines are included on this list. Information about these Des Moines buildings is included on this list, such as when the building first opened and what architectural style it falls under. List includes both new buildings in Des Moines and older historic landmarks.

List is made up of a variety of buildings, including Des Moines Art Center and Albert Baird Cummins House.

This list answers the question, "What are the most famous buildings in Des Moines?"

This is a good reference for research into the historical architecture in Des Moines. Famous architectural houses within the city of Des Moines are included as well, sometimes by address, other times listed by the name of the original home owner.
  • 801 Grand, also known as the "Principal Building", is a skyscraper in Des Moines, Iowa, United States. It is named after its street address, being located along Grand Avenue in the downtown area of the city between 8th and 9th streets. Completed in 1991 and standing at 630 feet, it is currently the tallest building in the state of Iowa. It is the tallest building from Chicago to Omaha and from Minneapolis to Tulsa. The roof is made out of copper sheeting that was designed to form a green coating of verdigris over time, much like the Statue of Liberty. However, unlike New York City, the air salt content in Des Moines was so low that the desired oxidation process failed. The result was the...  more
    • City/Town: Iowa, USA
  • Abraham Lincoln High School, usually referred to simply as Lincoln High School or Lincoln, is a secondary school located in Des Moines, Iowa, USA. It is the largest high school in the state. It is one of five secondary schools under the district of the Des Moines Public Schools, and was named after the 16th United States president Abraham Lincoln. The school sports team has been named after one of President Lincoln's nicknames, the "Rail Splitter". It is known as the Pride of the South Side....  more
    • City/Town: Des Moines, Iowa, USA
    • Style: Tudor Revival architecture
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    Albert Baird Cummins House

    • City/Town: Des Moines, Iowa, USA
    • Style: Queen Anne Style architecture (Great Britain & Australia)
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    Civic Center of Greater Des Moines

    The Des Moines Civic Center is a 2,744-seat performing arts center belonging to Des Moines Performing Arts located in Des Moines, Iowa. It has been Iowa's largest theater since it opened on June 10, 1979, and is used for concerts, Broadway shows, ballets, and other special events. The Civic Center building is also home to the 200-seat Stoner Theater, used for smaller theatrical shows and lectures, located on street level. Cowles Commons, formerly Nollen Plaza, is the one square block space located west of the Civic Center. Cowles Commons is currently under renovation and is slated to open late 2014. Together with the Stoner Theater, Cowles Commons, and the nearby Temple for the Performing...  more
    • City/Town: Des Moines, Iowa, USA