Des Moines Heritage Trust

Des Moines Heritage Trust Des Moines Heritage Trust is a non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation of historic properties in the Des Moines metropolitan area
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Des Moines Heritage Center
09/20/2020

Des Moines Heritage Center

WE NEED VOLUNTEERS AGAIN!!! The slatted ceiling of the event center is about to be installed! This ceiling made from 160 year old wood from an historic building in Dubuque needs clear coated before being installed. We will be prepping and clear coating on September 25,26 and 27th. If you can help, let us know and we will get in touch with you!!

Des Moines Heritage Center
09/04/2020

Des Moines Heritage Center

Here it is!! The East Des Moines Union Depot ready for the 21st Century and beyond!!!

07/29/2020
Des Moines Heritage Center

Des Moines Heritage Center

Looking for a volunteer opportunity at a restored 1909 depot? I have just the thing for you!!! We are going to install the landscaping around the entire Des Moines Heritage Center property. Over 800 plants and bushes to go in!!! We are doing it over the weekend of August 21-23. If you are interested in helping, let me know and I will send a doodle poll to you to fill out. We are located at 120 E 5th Street (half block south of Court Ave on E 5th) come join us!!! Thanks so much!!!!

07/16/2020
Des Moines Heritage Center

Des Moines Heritage Center

BIG things happening at the Des Moines Heritage Center!! Watch the update video as the new storm-tec system goes in to mitigate storm water on the site. Enjoy!

Des Moines Heritage Center
06/02/2020

Des Moines Heritage Center

Another exciting day at the Des Moines Heritage Center. All of the doors were installed in the depot for the first time in 70 years! The four entry doors with transoms on both the north and south sides of the building as well as the double baggage doors on the south side. Also included a photo of the Palladian window as a bonus! Enjoy!

Des Moines Heritage Center
05/30/2020

Des Moines Heritage Center

The Des Moines Heritage Center is almost a reality!!! Depot exterior trim is being painted, masonry is finished, roof is done, the interior drywall is receiving texture! Event Center is up, walls are being clad, roof is on the main space and cement floor poured!

The floor of this old warehouse in Dubuque will be used as the ceiling for the DM Heritage Center. Using these old mater...
05/22/2020

The floor of this old warehouse in Dubuque will be used as the ceiling for the DM Heritage Center. Using these old materials will tie the newly built DMHC into the restoration vision of the DM Heritage Trust.
https://www.facebook.com/DSMHeritageCenter/posts/1425601040973206?__xts__[0]=68.ARBSBCFt6M11bssgpv5w1gIGE-kqUt9L9x3c3q9LBc2AP5DOeNy66VFU_58uBG9cMlH9YluwEtslldGCEqVeqX-t0Jx-DaoDxIFgLAFeF9C4lBpZDb2VzWUq-YxlhOtCSz79C8zcnT1WWtXSvc9rx5GWGgV68uF9NxviJfjbZCLr2piwc6eTmRhEXyH9iwTV_VeyvEd6_EtdrBp1ymsDFCcKEbRUPaD2nowgTCxl1pZKr3n_tXYzjyt7GX4J55A8RcMEfOtrJ4A8rNbiblQC0qzssCt3K0oTwqPDznCsGAnIIowB-BkAL7RRiOqa3Z7iarydbbP_hVWUuFFmIHEs53OmArdmVogD52bAwGmxer-xM9fHlNDl0T7D&__tn__=CH-R

Pictures of Douglas Fir in its original Dubuque Millwork District application. Some of this Douglas Fir is getting a new life as the ceiling in the Des Moines Heritage Center Events Center ceiling.

Des Moines Heritage Center
05/16/2020

Des Moines Heritage Center

UPDATE - making a lot of progress! More photos will be in an album. Hildreth Construction & Ken Kaiser Restoration are doing great work!

Des Moines Heritage Center
04/01/2020

Des Moines Heritage Center

If you have a chance to get out of the house...drive by and see the progress at the Des Moines Heritage Center. Everyday now there will be new things to see!

UPDATE
03/29/2020

UPDATE

CONSTRUCTION UPDATE - The windows are out for restoration and the foundation is in & supplies are arriving for the new Heritage Center Bldg.

April 30, 2017
03/25/2020

April 30, 2017

An April 30, 2017 Register article by Joel Aschbrenner about saving the East Union Depot. - Part 1

Des Moines Heritage Trust
03/06/2020

Des Moines Heritage Trust

Des Moines Heritage Center
01/15/2020

Des Moines Heritage Center

The “Pavillion” which is more commonly known as the porte cochere, is under construction as the depot restoration progresses. This will return the depot to its original appearance!

Things are happening at the DM Heritage Center.
11/24/2019

Things are happening at the DM Heritage Center.

Cleared the lot today & a lot more working going on too.

Revised DM Heritage Center drawing.
06/21/2019

Revised DM Heritage Center drawing.

06/13/2019

The current DMHT Board is: Tim Waddell, Chair, John Brown, Vice-Chair, Ann Schmid, Treas.; Pat Meiners, Sec'y.; Tim Hielkema, Derek Lord, Jeff Geerts, Tim Rypma and Connie Boesen Board Members.

The Editorial Board of the Register gave the DM Heritage Trust a ROSE for the preservation of the East Union Depot. --- ...
06/13/2019

The Editorial Board of the Register gave the DM Heritage Trust a ROSE for the preservation of the East Union Depot.
--- A rose to the Des Moines Heritage Trust for rescuing one of the city's most endangered historic buildings: the Union Depot at 5th and Court. The nonprofit lobbied to save it from demolition and raised $3 million to restore it. The 110-year-old building was once the main east-side train depot and is one of only two Flemish Renaissance-style depots in the United States.
Industrial warehouses have hidden the depot from view for years. Once restored, it will house offices for the Trust, historical documents, photographs and other mementos. A new building constructed next to it will be an events center available for rentals and for historical organizations to provide educational and cultural programming.
Just as exciting, the organization plans to leverage the property to establish a line of credit allowing the purchase and rehabilitation of other historic properties. That is truly long-term dedication to preserving our history.
https://www.desmoinesregister.com/story/opinion/editorials/2019/06/12/des-moines-city-council-discrimination-housing-reynolds-miller-depot-prison/1416237001/?fbclid=IwAR1snADlA33x0OTxOTCsnytwIstee47UUdSpRLop8jNErIjc8TMfHTezW_o

05/31/2019
Des Moines Heritage Center
04/16/2019

Des Moines Heritage Center

The news just keeps on coming as we count down to groundbreaking! Our construction manager, Hildreth Construction did a test hole in the concrete cap (which is 3 feet above the original floor) and found the original floor of the depot is red clay pavers!!!! How exciting is that. Check it out below!

Des Moines Heritage Center
08/21/2018

Des Moines Heritage Center

The search is finally over! Thanks to a generous donation from Christian Goepel, Des Moines Heritage Trust acquired the original blueprint for the East Des Moines Union Depot. It is dated June 1909! The depot served as a passenger station from 1910 to 1950.

Des Moines Heritage Center
07/24/2018
Des Moines Heritage Center

Des Moines Heritage Center

Very excited to announce the Des Moines Heritage Center has received a $100,000 Legacy Grant from Prairie Meadows as part of their 2018 grants! A big thank you to Prairie Meadows Board and staff! http://boothpic.co/k8nxu

03/10/2018
Iowa Culture

Iowa Culture

After decades of serving Des Moines' East Village, this 1909 train depot was in danger of being demolished. Thanks to the efforts of the Des Moines Heritage Trust, it will instead be preserved and continue to serve the community for years to come.

Learn more about preservation projects like this from here in Iowa and across the country at FORUM 2018 this July in Des Moines: napcommissions.org/forum

It's beginning to look a lot like . . .
12/12/2017

It's beginning to look a lot like . . .

We're decking the halls for the holidays!

Exciting progress on the depot demolition!
11/02/2017

Exciting progress on the depot demolition!

Demolition officially began earlier this week! Talk about a transformation — this is the first time the whole depot has been visible since the warehouse was built in 1951.

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120 E. Fifth St.
Des Moines, IA
50309

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The board members of the DMHT are - Jake Christensen, Chair, Tim Waddell, Vice-Chair, Ann Schmid, Treas.; Pat Meiners, Sec'y.; Tim Hielkema, Derek Lord, Jeff Geerts and John Brown.

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A weekend of many great volunteers digging, planting & mulching around Des Moines Heritage Center. The results of their hard work looks wonderful!
Tonight, Friends! See you at Peace Tree - Des Moines Branch at 5pm!
Save the depot. Buy a brick. #dsmdepot
Clean up day!