1300 Walnut

Nelson Development partnered with local landscape architecture firm Brian Clark and Associates to transform this eighty year old building into a creative and architecturally significant building in the Western Gateway.

This 22,800 square foot building has been converted from a run-down, unused building to a haven for design firms and retail tenants. 1300 Walnut is home to some of Des Moines’ most talented design and marketing professionals, including Brian Clark and Associates Landscape Architecture, Substance Architecture, and OnPurpos, a graphic design firm. 1300 Walnut has more than its share of local talent.

The Nelson team realized the potential of this building and its particular placement in relation to the planned Western Gateway Park. The redevelopment of 1300 Walnut is a prime example of development that can and will occur along the Western Gateway in the future.

The renovation of 1300 Walnut expands on the structure that was built in 1925 as a car dealership. From the bridge-like steel trusses that span the 17 foot ceilings to the 10 foot by 20 foot windows, this building has become a distinctive architectural presence in downtown Des Moines.

Project Type:
Des Moines, IA
Project Size:
22,800 SF
Completion Date:
Nelson's Responsibility:
Developer, General Contractor, Owner
Substance 1300 Walnut Street Des Moines, IA 50309