Home Federal Savings and Loan Association of Des Moines Building (NRIS 100000561)

Address: 601 Grand Ave., Des Moines, Iowa. County/parish: Polk.

Added to the National Register of Historic Places January 24, 2017.

Also known as:

  • American Federal Savings and Loan Building
  • Catholic Pastoral Center

From Wikipedia:

Home Federal Savings and Loan Association of Des Moines Building
The Home Federal Savings and Loan Association of Des Moines Building, also known as the Catholic Pastoral Center, is a historic building located in downtown Des Moines, Iowa, United States. Completed in 1962, it is considered to be "one of the most well-known examples of mid-century modern architecture in Des Moines." It was designed by the prominent Chicago architect Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, and it is one of the first steel and glass modernist buildings in the city's downtown. The three-story building rises to the height of 40.25 feet (12.27 m). It was built for the Home Federal Savings and Loan Association of Des Moines, which failed in 1990 amid the country's Savings and loan crisis. There was concern that the building would be torn down so the Des Moines City Council designated it as a local landmark. In 1992 philanthropist Ed Ochylski acquired it and donated it to the Diocese of Des Moines, who converted it into their headquarters. From 2016 to 2017, the building underwent a $10 million renovation. It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2017. (read more...)

Architects:

  • Ringland-Johnson, Inc.
  • van der Rohe, Mies

National Park Service documentation: https://npgallery.nps.gov/AssetDetail/NRIS/100000561

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