IAF’s Summer Walking Tours sponsored by Kum & Go


2019 Architectural Walking Tours of Downtown Des Moines

Register on Eventbrite    $20 per person

May 10, June 7, July 12, August 9, and September 13

Make your reservations for architect-guided walking tours of downtown Des Moines! These tours, sponsored by Kum & Go, provide an opportunity for local residents and visitors to appreciate the rich architectural heritage of Iowa’s capital city. Choose from 4 separate routes:

  • North: Learn insight into Des Moines’ more contemporary architecture, including the Catholic Pastoral Center, AEG’s headquarters, Principal’s corporate campus, and the world-famous architects, such as Mies van der Rohe and Helmut Jahn, who have left their mark here.
  • South: Walk through the historic Court Avenue and Warehouse District and learn about the history and future of this exciting entertainment and downtown living area. Includes World Food Prize and Polk County Courthouse.
  • East: Enjoy a stroll through Des Moines’ revitalized East Village. Highlights include background on the City Beautiful Movement and the Riverwalk’s public buildings.
  • West: This tour showcases some of Des Moines’ older, stately buildings such as the Temple for the Performing Arts, and some of our most significant skyscrapers and new developments in the Western Gateway area, including Krause Gateway Center

NOTE: Special Western Gateway Tour on June 7, starting from Krause Gateway Center.  Be there promptly at 5 PM to have a chance to look at drawings and models in the lobby area. 

Tours cover contemporary and historic architecture – detail, style, elements, intriguing facts, and historical significance of the buildings that shape the downtown skyline.

5 PM: Enjoy beverages and snacks at starting point, Iowa Center for Architecture, 400 Locust Street, Suite 100, in Capital Square. Wear comfortable shoes and weather-appropriate clothing.

5:30 PM: Tours set out. Tours last approximately 1 1/2 hours, and cover an average of 14 blocks, 18 buildings.

A Skywalk tour will be offered in case of inclement weather including rain and excessive heat.  No refunds, but if you alert us in advance that you are unable to attend, you will be re-scheduled for another date. You may also give your ticket to someone else.