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History of Des Moines Municipal Buildings

 

The City of Des Moines thanks the following organizations and agencies for their help compiling the historical information on the City's municipal buildings.

 

Pat Meiners (Des Moines Historical Society)

Andrea Hauer and Mary Neiderbach (City of Des Moines)

 

City Hall

 

City Hall - Back West view - 400 Robert D Ray Drive - Des Moines, Iowa 50309

City Hall - 400 Robert D Ray Drive - Des Moines, Iowa 50309

 

City Hall is located at 400 Robert D Ray Drive in the heart of the downtown area.  The west side of City Hall provides a breath-taking view of the Untitled sculpture by Joel Shapiro,  Long Look garden, and the Des Moines River.

 

A Brief History on City Hall

 

In 2010, the City of Des Moines celebrated the 100th anniversary of the installation of the cornerstone of its new Municipal Building. From its new name to its very design, this building was more than just a building in 1910; it represented a new way to govern the city. In 2010, this building continues to be the center of government for Des Moines with many new and different functions than were imagined in 1910.

 

City Hall History - 1851 to May 1909