Des Moines Heritage Center

Des Moines Heritage Center The Des Moines Heritage Center, also known as the former East Des Moines Union Depot, is a combination museum and event space in the Historic East Village. The building will be available for weddings, corporate events, and other public events in 2019.
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The Des Moines Heritage Trust, a nonprofit organization dedicated to saving historic buildings in the city of Des Moines, has purchased the 1909 train depot located in the Historic East Village. The former East Des Moines Union Depot will be renovated and renamed the Des Moines Heritage Center. The depot itself will become a museum to house Des Moines artifacts and create a new meeting space for local historical organizations. A second building will be constructed next to the depot to serve as an event center. It will be available for weddings, corporate meetings, and other public events in the summer of 2019.

Progress update as of May 15, 2020.
05/16/2020

Progress update as of May 15, 2020.

Progress update as of May 15, 2020.

UPDATE - making a lot of progress! More photos will be in an album. Hildreth Construction & Ken Kaiser Restoration are d...
05/16/2020

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

Progress update - THE UTILITY POLES ALONG THE ALLEY ARE GONE!
04/29/2020

Progress update - THE UTILITY POLES ALONG THE ALLEY ARE GONE!

Great picture by John David of a freight train approaching the East Des Moines Union Depot in 1984.
04/17/2020

Great picture by John David of a freight train approaching the East Des Moines Union Depot in 1984.

It’s a big day at the Des Moines Heritage Center! For the first time in at least 70 years, the depot has windows again! ...
04/10/2020

It’s a big day at the Des Moines Heritage Center! For the first time in at least 70 years, the depot has windows again! And yes they are wood windows preprimed for the dark grey paint that will be the finish color. Exciting things everyday!

Progress & walls going up at the Heritage Center
04/02/2020

Progress & walls going up at the Heritage Center

Progress & walls going up at the Heritage Center

They let me inside today to take a few photos.
04/02/2020

They let me inside today to take a few photos.

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!

If you have a chance to get out of the house...drive by and see the progress at the Des Moines Heritage Center. Everyday...
04/01/2020

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!

CONSTRUCTION UPDATE - The windows are out for restoration and the foundation is in & supplies are arriving for the new H...
03/29/2020

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

There is a full head of steam now!
03/25/2020

There is a full head of steam now!

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

Des Moines Heritage Center
03/06/2020

Des Moines Heritage Center

Looking for wedding venue?  Know someone who is?  Check out desmoinesheritagecenter.org.
02/08/2020
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Looking for wedding venue? Know someone who is? Check out desmoinesheritagecenter.org.

This historic wedding venue opens anew. Late autumn 2020. Save Your Date A landmark over a century in the making. The Des Moines Heritage Center is an event venue located in the heart of the Historic East Village that features all the modern comforts you could

A few photos showing some of the recent restoration of the Depot and construction of the new Events Center
01/26/2020

A few photos showing some of the recent restoration of the Depot and construction of the new Events Center

The “Pavillion” which is more commonly known as the porte cochere, is under construction as the depot restoration progre...
01/15/2020

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!

Our new website is up and live!  We are starting to take wedding reservations for 2021. So check it out and spread the w...
01/11/2020
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Our new website is up and live! We are starting to take wedding reservations for 2021. So check it out and spread the word! Desmoinesheritagecenter.org.

This historic wedding venue opens anew. Late autumn 2020. Save Your Date A landmark over a century in the making. The Des Moines Heritage Center is an event venue located in the heart of the Historic East Village that features all the modern comforts you could

Excited to post this rendering of what the interior of the depot will look like when finished.  Enjoy!
12/20/2019

Excited to post this rendering of what the interior of the depot will look like when finished. Enjoy!

For history or railroad fans who have everything!A commemorative brick to help restore the Depot would be a great Christ...
11/23/2019
Buy a custom-engraved paving brick | Des Moines Heritage Trust

For history or railroad fans who have everything!
A commemorative brick to help restore the Depot would be a great Christmas gift. They may be personalized with 3 lines of your choice and will be placed in the Courtyard. Wrap up a brick with the info to surprise people. http://www.desmoinesheritagetrust.org/buy-custom-engraved-paving-brick/

Buy a custom-engraved paving brick Help support Des Moines Heritage Trust by purchasing a custom-engraved paving brick dedicated to you, your business or a loved one. Paving bricks can be engraved with your personal inscription by making a $125 donation to Des Moines Heritage Trust. Instructions: Co...

Exciting discoveries inside the depot building. Beautiful 5x6 brick tile floors in pristine condition. The entire depot ...
11/21/2019

Exciting discoveries inside the depot building. Beautiful 5x6 brick tile floors in pristine condition. The entire depot has these floors. Covered for 70 years

Cleared the lot today & a lot more working going on too.
11/21/2019

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

Work has begun on restoring the East Union Depot.
10/26/2019

Work has begun on restoring the East Union Depot.

Work has begun on restoring the East Union Depot.

10/10/2019

Big News! We officially closed on our construction financing today! Here we go!

This mentions the DM Union Depot & also East DM, is that the East DM Union Depot? June 25, 1914 Register.
07/11/2019

This mentions the DM Union Depot & also East DM, is that the East DM Union Depot? June 25, 1914 Register.

The restoration and construction officially BEGINS!!!
06/16/2019

The restoration and construction officially BEGINS!!!

The restoration and construction officially BEGINS!!!

The current DMHT Board is: Tim Waddell, Chair, John Brown, Vice-Chair, Ann Schmid, Treas.; Pat Meiners, Sec'y.; Tim Hiel...
06/14/2019
Des Moines Heritage Trust | Preserving historic properties in the Des Moines area

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.
Donations may be made online through the website - www.desmoinesheritagetrust.org or mail to DMHT, PO Box 175, Des Moines, IA 50301.

Des Moines Heritage Trust is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the preservation of historic properties in the Des Moines metropolitan area.

The Editorial Board of the Register gave the DM Heritage Trust a ROSE for the preservation of the East Union Depot. http...
06/13/2019
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The Editorial Board of the Register gave the DM Heritage Trust a ROSE for the preservation of the East Union Depot.
https://tenor.com/view/rose-emoji-sparkle-flowers-gif-11486783
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
The news just keeps on coming as we count down to groundbreaking!  Our construction manager, Hildreth Construction did a...
04/16/2019

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!

Adding some the new final renderings of the Event Center!  Stay tuned for information on Groundbreaking coming soon!  En...
04/11/2019

Adding some the new final renderings of the Event Center! Stay tuned for information on Groundbreaking coming soon! Enjoy!

Come down to the Iowa Tap Room, enjoy a flight of Peace Tree beers and support the Des Moines Heritage Center!
02/22/2019

Come down to the Iowa Tap Room, enjoy a flight of Peace Tree beers and support the Des Moines Heritage Center!

Thank you to everyone who purchased our January Charity Flight for BIKEIOWA.com. We have partnered with Peace Tree Brewing Company for the month of February and $2 from each Charity Flight sold during February will be donated to Des Moines Heritage Trust! To learn more about Des Moines Heritage Trust's mission, please visit their page or www.desmoinesheritagetrust.org!

The Charity Flight this month consists of Peace Tree Brewing Company Blonde Fatale, Cold Brew Coffee Stout, Grapefruit No Coast, and I Can't Believe It's Not Bitter. Stop in anytime during the month of February, purchase a Charity Flight, and help us raise money for Des Moines Heritage Trust!

The attached map is a close up of the East Des Moines Union Depot site in the early 20th century. It’s exciting to see t...
10/17/2018

The attached map is a close up of the East Des Moines Union Depot site in the early 20th century. It’s exciting to see the area to the south was completely paved with bricks on both sides of the tracks to accommodate both east and west bound travelers. We are grateful to Dana Grefe who owns the larger version of this Des Moines Railroad map and allowed us to photograph it! Thanks to Chris Goepel for the great photography. Enjoy!

The search is finally over! Thanks to a generous donation from Christian Goepel, Des Moines Heritage Trust acquired the ...
08/20/2018

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.

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120 E. 5th St.
Des Moines, IA
50309

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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.
Great progress.
Here is a photograph that I took in 1983 showing a freight train approaching the depot, back when the tracks were still in use.
Old picture of the Station.
#DSMdepot . Attended the "Save The Depot" tonight in celebration of the Des Moines Heritage Trust. I can only imagine all the residents who came through the depot doors as they arrived in our city
Am I doing this right? #DSMDepot
#dsmdepot!!!