Des Moines Building

An iconic high-rise in the heart of the city received new life thanks to a joint venture between Nelson Development & Construction and the Foutch Brothers. Redevelopment of the historic Des Moines Building, which was originally designed by Proudfoot, Rawson Souers & Thomas, and erected in 1931, transformed the vacant office building into 136 spectacular apartments with additional office, retail, and restaurant space. In partnership with the city of Des Moines, the project involved demolishing an adjacent building to create a private pocket park – the ultimate urban oasis for residents and restaurant-goers.

Situated at 405 Sixth Ave. between Locust Street and Grand Avenue, the $25 million project preserved the Art Deco detailing in the lobby and the wedding cake-esque 360-degree rooftop patio, which serves as an events venue for residents and the public. The building also features ground-level access to the city skywalk system, free parking, social lounges, and modern interiors.

Property website
Project Type:
Historic, Mixed-Use
Des Moines, IA
Project Size:
136 Apartments 13 Stories
Completion Date:
Nelson's Responsibility:
Developer, General Contractor, Owner
Slingshot Architecture

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